Fall Feast: Roasted chicken & veg

A roasted chicken dinner is amazing in so many ways. Not only is it delicious, nutritious, and easy, but it also:

  • Is the perfect basis for a family dinner chez toi – just toss everything in the oven for a few hours and you’ll be feeding fam & friends in no time Fall vegetables
  • Makes lots of leftovers – hello awesome work lunches!
  • Clears out those produce drawers before it’s too late

Did I mention the smell? Your kitchen will smell delicious for hours – it’s impressive and makes you look like a pro ;)

Ingredients

  • 1 whole, free range chicken (I usually choose one between 4 and 5 lbs)
  • Seasonal vegetables of choice. I typically include things like potatoes, sweet potatoes, leeks, onions, turnip, carrot, garlic
  • 1 whole lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Herbamare & pepper
  • Roasted garlic flax seed
  • Herbs of choice. I like to use dried thyme, summer savoury, oregano, rosemary
  • String of some sort – twine, unflavoured dental floss, etc.

Directions
Peel potatoes, carrots, turnip. Chop all veggies in relatively large pieces (small, thin pieces of onion, potato, etc. will burn easily. The pieces should be thick – see image below).

Chopped vegetables in pan

Placed in a roasting pan, drizzle a couple teaspoons of oil over vegetables. Season with herbamare, pepper, shelled flax, thyme. Set aside.

Rinse/wash chicken with lukewarm water. Truss chicken to avoid wings and tips from burning (watch this quick video on how to truss a chicken if you don’t know how).

Using a knife, prick the lemon a few times. Place lemon in chicken cavity (gross – I know). This helps keep the chicken moist while roasting.

Brush a tbsp or so of oil across chicken. Season chicken with herbamare, pepper, thyme, rosemary, oregano, and other preferred spices. Place chicken on top of veggies in roaster.

In a 380 F degree oven, cook chicken & veggies until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165 F (roughly 2.5 – 3 hours for a 5lb bird). You may have to remove & stir veggies from time to time to prevent burning.

Carve chicken, & enjoy!

Remember to keep bones and extra chicken pieces to make chicken soup :)

Roast chicken

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