Foodie Friday: Roasted Chicken with Vegetables

Roasted Chicken has become one of my cooking staples. One of the reasons I didn’t try it sooner was because I often found roasted chicken to be dry and lacking  flavor. But last Christmas, I decided to put my new roasting pan to use and perused the internet in search of the perfect chicken recipe. Well I’ve found it and want to share it with you. It’s  AMAZING! The chicken is soooo juicy and flavorful, but I think the real reason I love this dish is because of the caramelized vegetables in the bottom of the pan.  I could eat a plate of them alone!  

Roasting Perfect Chicken

Don’t let roasting a chicken intimidate you. Just remember these 4 basic Tips:

1.     Play with your veggies. Not only do you have an automatic side dish, but the juice from the chicken runs right into your vegetables resulting in outstanding flavors. Plus, your house will smell incredible!

2. Season generously. Go heavy on the salt and pepper- freshly cracked works best. This brings out the natural flavor of the bird. Also, don’t be afraid to play with other spices and herbs.

3. Add fat. Butter that bird up! You want that baby to look like it spent way too much time on an exotic beach when you’re done.Plus you want that skin nice and crispy. Olive oil also works here too.

4. Layer the flavor.  Don’t forget to stuff the cavity with lemon halves, onion, garlic and a big bunch of thyme. The flavors will reach every piece of meat and have your family asking for more!

With these tips in mind, you’re ready to tackle the best chicken recipe EVER! This recipe comes from Foodnetwork.com. Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 1 (5 to 6 pound) roasting chicken
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large bunch fresh thyme, plus 20 sprigs
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 large yellow onion, thickly sliced
  • 4 carrots cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 bulb of fennel, tops removed, and cut into wedges
  • Olive oil

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Remove the chicken giblets. Rinse the chicken inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pin feathers and pat the outside dry. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, both halves of lemon, and all the garlic. Brush the outside of the chicken with the butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken.

raw chicken

Place the onions, carrots, and fennel in a roasting pan. Toss with salt, pepper, 20 sprigs of thyme, and olive oil. Spread around the bottom of the roasting pan and place the chicken on top. *Tanisha’s Tip: Cook the chicken breast side down so that all the juices run down into the white meat which can tend to be dry.

vegetables

Roast the chicken for 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh. Remove the chicken and vegetables to a platter and cover with aluminum foil for about 20 minutes. Slice the chicken onto a platter and serve it with the vegetables.

Happy Cooking!

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Foodie Friday: Chicken Burgers with Garlic and Rosemary

This is my first “Foodie Friday” post (yay!). I was thinking about which recipe I’d like to share with you all and thought of my husband’s favorite summer meal– Chicken Burgers! I originally got this recipe from Giada De Laurentis on Food Network but have put my own twist on it over the years. Click here for the original recipe.

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They are so easy to make and super delish! Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients
Mayonnaise Spread:

1 cup light mayonnaise

Pinch of salt

Pinch of freshly ground pepper

1/4 cup chopped fresh rosemary leaves

1 clove garlic, minced

Burgers:
1 pound ground chicken

1 Small Onion

1 Small Pepper

¼ cup parsley

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

4 Kaiser rolls

1/4 cup olive oil

1 cup arugula, divided

½ cup Mushrooms

1 Small Eggplant

Directions
For the mayonnaise: In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, garlic, and rosemary; set aside.

For the burgers: Preheat a gas or charcoal grill or place a grill pan over medium-high heat. In a large bowl, add the ground chicken, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, ¼ cup parsley, sautéed chopped onion, sautéed chopped pepper and 1/2 of the mayonnaise mixture. Using clean hands, gently combine the ingredients and form the chicken mixture into 4 patties. Place the burgers on the grill and cook for about 7 minutes on each side. Transfer to paper towels and let rest for a few minutes.

While the burgers are cooking: Sauté mushrooms with salt and pepper. Set aside. Slice Eggplant into ½ inch thick portions. Brush each side with olive oil and season with salt and pepper and place on grill until tender.

Brush the cut side of each roll with the olive oil and 1 teaspoon of the mayonnaise mixture. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes until slightly golden.

To assemble the burgers: Spread a dollop of the remaining mayonnaise mixture on the tops and bottoms of the toasted buns. Place ¼ cup of arugula on bottom bun with chicken burgers on top. Next, add mushrooms, eggplant and finish with the top half of the bun.

Happy Cooking!!

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