I think that roasted chicken is one of the easiest things to make for dinner. You just stick it in the oven for a while and leave it alone. If you bake a chicken you can have leftovers for tacos the next day, and keep all the chicken bones and extras to make chicken broth that you can freeze for later. Warning: if it’s a hot day it may not be the best solution to keep your oven on high for over an hour. But this recipe does make magic potatoes.
Roasted Chicken and Vegetables:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
1 whole chicken (preferably one that has been able to graze on grass and treated humanely)
A mix of hardy vegetables: carrots, soft skinned potatoes (sweet potatoes are great), radishes, squash, etc.
1 tbsp Olive oil
1 tsp Sea salt
1 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
6 tbsp butter
1 tsp Corn Starch (makes the skin crispy)
1/2-1 tsp blend of paprika, chili powder, and a little oregano
or lemon-pepper (Because lemon-pepper chicken is delish!)
Juice from 1 lime or ½ lemon
Optional: let chicken sit in a salt-water bath 1-3 hours prior to cooking chicken. This helps it to retain moisture.
Clean and slice potatoes and other vegetables in ½ inch slices or larger chunks. If using squash, add it halfway through cooking the chicken and cut into larger chunks.
Pat dry your chicken
Rub with ½ of your stick of butter and save the other half for later. I melt the butter and brush the chicken using a marinade brush
Mix seasonings and rub all over chicken
Tie legs together and place chicken breast side up in a deep baking sheet, or a 9×12 or larger pirex dish
Coat your potatoes in olive oil, and season with ½ tsp salt, and ½ tsp garlic powder
Scatter potatoes around chicken
Place in oven
Bake for 30 minutes
Turn over potatoes, and rotate dish
Carefully shave or rub 2 tbsp butter over chicken and vegetables. You can also squirt chicken with lemon. If you want to add squash, add it now.
Cook for approx. 30 more minutes, or until middle thigh reaches 165 degrees
These potatoes seriously are amazing. So good.
Save the bones and the carcass and any leftover chicken pieces to make broth. There are lots of recipes for broth. I used the recipe for broth from Nourishing Traditions. Link has additional information and a link to the actual recipe.