This was some of the best chicken I’ve ever made. It is basically My Mama’s Roasted Chicken, but I roasted it on top of seasonal, winter vegetables instead of the traditional carrots, onions, and potatoes. The chicken came out incredibly tender and moist. Both the white and dark meat were cooked perfectly. The only thing I did differently for this batch was to use a kosher chicken, so I’m sticking with those from now on! Get ready to be comforted.
I decided to make this meal because I had a bunch of vegetables that I just didn’t know what to do with. Exhibit A- a white sweet potato I bought at the farmers market because I’d never seen one before. It’s white. And it tastes exactly like a sweet potato. I also bought a ton of radishes, which were delicious, but I couldn’t figure out how to use them up. I brought one to school as a snack, but a friend came over while I was eating it, and he looked at me like I was insane. I could tell that he was trying to figure out what the heck in the peck I was eating, but he was too polite to ask. Had he known it was a radish, I probably would have lost a friend. So I roasted those too. They were ok. Disturbingly juicy.
To make this delicious and homey meal for yourself, preheat your oven to 400°F. Then, chop up a bunch of vegetables into medium sized chunks and spread them evenly on a baking sheet. As you know, I used white sweet potatoes and radishes. I also used mushrooms, delicata squash, whole garlic cloves with the skin on (take the skin off before you eat it, of course), and onions.
Add some chicken pieces to the top of the vegetables. Season everything with salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, and cayenne pepper. Yummm! You don’t need any oil, and it will come out perfectly!
Roast the chicken and veggies for 1 hour or until your chicken is cooked through. As I’ve said, mine came out perfectly! Not to brag.
It is just so good. It’s a good idea to serve this meal with some kind of grain. I used Israeli couscous this time because it was all we had. My favorite part about making this kind of chicken is getting to pick the baked on veggies off of the tin foil. It is really amazing how wonderfully flavorful all of this can get without adding a single unhealthy ingredient. Magic. Chicken magic. I know you’ll enjoy this one.