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Monday, March 7, 2011

Roasted Chicken & Vegetables ;

An American Classic amiright ?
But, first, let me tell you this,
i have NEVER had a juicier, more tender chicken IN MY LIFE.
This has got to be one of my top 10 favorite recipes for Chicken.
& thats saying a lot .
This smelled wonderful even BEFORE it went into the oven, and dont even get me started on how my kitchen smelled during the roasting.
i would say it was "breathtakingly" amazing, but its quite the opposite,
i found myself doing deep breathing exercises instead! haha
it was such an addicting smell, it has GOT to be illegal to inhale this much good stuff !
But it wasnt just the chicken that was delicious, but the vegetables were SO full of flavor !
i have never enjoyed eating JUST vegetables this much before.
i ate 3 servings of vegetables alone ! and ate 1/4th of the Chicken, hehe
Can you say Happy Stomach ?
Overall, this Roast Chicken was a 10 in my book. AHHH SO GOOD .
But you know what the best part of the day was?
Enjoying my time in the kitchen with my Best-Friend, Tiffany.
Its always fun having someone cooking with you, isnt it? haha
Tiffany and i had a great laugh when it came to her having to stick her hand into the chickens... backside, haha !
BUT it was done for the sake of good food! & Boyyyyyyyyyyyy, was it good !
Oh, and we had fun playing Twister & baking Peanut butter centered chocolate cupcakes as we were waiting for the chicken to cook !
Ugh, i think we're starting to get old, at the tender age of 20.
Tiffany and i were laughing at each others pain during Twister, and then we had to suffer with sore thighs & legs afterwards. Haha !
Roast Chicken & Vegetables
Recipe ;
- One 5 pound Chicken
- Bundle of medium sized asparagus
- 1/2 pound snow peas
- large handful of grape tomatoes
- 2 red onions halved & cut in 3rds
- 3 Large potatoes cut in large chunks (1.5 inches)
- 3 Medium sized carrots cut in 1 inch pieces
- 1 whole garlic bulb halved
- 4 garlic cloves roughly cut
- 2 lemons
- 5 tbs olive oil
- 1/2 cup oyster sauce
- Kroger Chicken Seasoning
- salt, pepper, & garlic powder for taste
Preheat your oven to 400 F.
Clean & take out insides of chicken, pat dry. Place
the chicken in a large baking/casserole dish, (with
enough room for the vegetables.) (if there are extra
vegetables, roast them in a separate pan, season
them the same as the ones with the chicken.)
Squeeze 1 lemon over the chicken & drizzle
2 tbs of olive oil over the chicken, rub until
completely oiled. Sprinkle Chicken Seasoning
over entire chicken, this will add flavor & help
give you a beautiful golden brown color.
Squeeze half a lemon inside the chicken
and place both halves of the lemon inside,
also stuff the halved garlic bulbs as well.

Drizzle 3 tbs of olive oil over the all vegetables
and add the 4 cloves of roughly chopped garlic,
& mix. Sprinkle salt, pepper, & garlic powder
over the veggies.
Place most of the potatoes under the chicken
(it will prevent the chicken from boiling in its
own juices, which you want it "roasted" not
boiled. Plus, it will add amazing flavor to your
potatoes!) In a separate bowl combine the oyster
sauce and snow peas & mix until covered. Layer
the snow peas and asparagus at the bottom of the
casserole dish (since theyre thin veggies, they tend
to burn easier, placing them at the bottom will
prevent that.) Place the rest of the vegetables
(except the grape tomatoes) in the casserole dish,
around the chicken. & bake for 40 minutes.

After 40 minutes, take the chicken out of the oven
& with a ladle, drizzle the chicken drippings over
the chicken & vegetables (this will prevent the
chicken from drying out.) At this point, add in the
tomatoes into the dish as well. Sprinkle a bit more
of the Chicken Seasoning & place back in the oven
for another 40 minutes, or until completely cooked.
*Tip before serving, ladle the juices over the
chicken again to give it that "glossy" look & to
keep your chicken moist~ ENJOY the yum !
Stuffing the Chicken
Adding my lemon halves & whole garlic bulb inside my
Sprinkling Chicken Seasoning
i used Kroger's Chicken Seasoning,
real yum stuff ! i love it!
i even sprinkled some of this on the side of my plate,
and dipped my chicken into it while i was eating.
totally recommended !
Chicken Rub-down
After rubbing the lemon, oil, & seasoning~
my poor casserole dish was too small, even though this was
my largest one..
Soooo, i just baked the rest of my veggies in a seperate
baking dish. hehe~
Placing Potatoes Underneath the Chicken
Placing most of my potatoes underneath my chicken to
give it a little height, so it doesnt boil in its own juices.
but also adds amazing flavor to the potatoes as well.
MmMmmm ~

ahaha ! Tiffany holding up the Chicken,
isnt the tail flap so adorable?!
Sliced Red Onions
This is how i cut my onions, but i would probably
cut them a bit thicker next time.
They do shrink during the baking process.
Layering My Vegetables
i laid out my sauced snow peas & asparagus over the
potatoes that were underneath the chicken.
Layering the thinner veggies at the bottom will help
prevent them from getting burned.
My Extra Vegetables
i roasted the extra vegetables along with my chicken,
they were done by the first 40 minute session of cooking.
So i enjoyed munching on these with Tiffany, as we
waited for for the chicken to roast.
OH ! and can you believe my little brothers LOVED these
veggies? yes, JUST veggies.. their exact words were
"Dude, these vegetables are BOMB."
haha !
You know somethings good when teenage boys are
fighting over them !
Ready to Bake !
This picture was taken right before it was placed in the
oven, for its first 40min cooking.
Along with my extra pan of veggies.
(which were ready to eat after the 40 mins.)
Side Dish Pasta
As the chicken was in the oven, i had 40 mins to spare,
so i decided to add a side dish to go along with my roasted
Chicken & Veggies.
This is a quick & simple fix-dish. with some left-over
vegetables, specifically the asparagus, and tomatoes.

Recipe ;
- asparagus sliced in half, length-wise &
  chopped in 2inch pieces
- baby tomato quartered
- parsley roughly chopped
- turkey sliced thin
- 2 cupsbow-tie pasta
- 1 clove finely chopped garlic.
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 2 tbs balsamic vinaigrette
- salt & pepper for taste
Cook the pasta as directed on the package, Drain and place
in a mixing bowl. Cook the asparagus & tomatoes with
1tsp of olive oil, garlic, pepper & salt. Cook just for 2 mins.
Combine the rest of the ingredients with the pasta, mix &
After 40 mins of Cooking
After the first 40min. session, Tiffany added the tomatoes
& as we set the timer for another 40mins, we munched
happily on the delicious vegetables .
P.S Thanks Tiffy for being my hand-model, haha
isnt it the most beautiful chicken you've ever seen?!
it tastes just as great as it looks. i PROMISE.
This 5 pound chicken easily *Serves 5 people.
i also sprinkled some extra Chicken seasoning as i ate
my chicken~  Mmm, i think im addicted to that stuff.

Special Thanks to Tiffany, for helping me cook.
Youre the bestest friend anyone could ask for, & i just
adore cooking with you! ahhhhh i love ya Tiffy !
Lets hang out again soon, okay?
Miss ya already! ♥


  1. What a GREAT post!

    Yes...I would agree the most beautiful Roast Chicken I have ever seen! I love it when roasted chickens get that orange crisp color - perfection!

    Your beautiful side dish and those vegetables complete the picture! Nice work!!!!!!!!

  2. You mad me really hungry now, I loved each and every single element in this dish.

  3. Wow. This looks incredible. It's a Monday so I'm not ambitious enough to try it tonight...but sometime soon!!

  4. The photos just make me drool! I am keeping this, since you say that it is so tender to make it for my family! It sure looks delicious!

  5. Look at that amount of garlic! That roast chicken must have been so aromatic...!!

  6. It looks yummyyyy!!! I'm fun on chicken and you know it... I'm sure it is delicious!!!!!!!!!!
    And your photos are marvellous!!!

  7. Wow, this looks really amazing :o It looks perfect! How do you do it? :P

  8. Seriously, it was a real juicy chicken! The moment you bite into it, it's like mmmmm good~! If you don't want to use the seasoning to dip, drizzle your chicken in the juices at the bottom. DELICIOUS! :D

    Stephy, I would gladly be your hand model any day! You're the best bestie ever and I just love that I get to experience so much whenever we're together. I miss you too, must hang out again and cook scrumptious dishes like this! <3

  9. I am loving all the gorgeous colors n flavors going in there..Beautiful photos!!

    US Masala

  10. lovely roast and filling in it looks colourful delicious

  11. Great meal! I love how colorful it is!

  12. Roasted chicken is a hard one to master, a big congrats is definitely in order!!! Those roasted veggies look delicious, I love roasted asparagus, it's one of my favorites.

  13. YUM!! That looks SO good. I've never roasted a whole chicken. It scares me, but I'll be honest that makes me want to try it!

  14. Hey,

    That's a great looking chicken roast...Feel like having a slice of that beauty...:)



  15. Just saw your photos in foodgawker. I must say they are so wonderful, this recipe of roasted chicken is looking so good,
    see u soon

  16. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Your photos are gorgeous! There is something "addicting" about Roasted Chicken:)

  17. love the colour of the chicken! looks perfectly roasted with that gold hue and lovely root veggies at the bottom. NICE~

  18. Wow! This looks amazing. I love how the seasoning colored the chicken so nicely. I will have to look for that. I can just imagine how good it smelled. It must be so flavorful with all of those wonderfl flavors:)

  19. Beautiful looking roast chicken!!! I'm new to roasting and have enjoyed it immensely and also making stock out of the leftovers. Did you not find that your veggies got limp under the chicken? They certainly don't look it!

  20. Lindsay, roasting IS fantastic! i loveee it !
    i find myself craving for this meal again, and im not usually the type of person who enjoys eating the same thing in a week. so thats saying a lot!

    but yes, they did get a bit limp, but then again they were pretty much being boiled in all those yummy juices so they were PACKEDDD with flavor, very worth it in my opinion (:
    all the veggies were soft, but i kept drizzling them in the juices after each 40min session, so i wasnt surprised that they were.
    Mmmm mm !

  21. Wow, thats one droolworthy chicken,can imagine all the wonderful aromas coming out from your kitchen

  22. Having roasted chicken for dinner is the best meal ever. That chicken looks so juicy and those bpveggies look incredible....love all the colors :)

  23. This roasted chicken looks very delicious. I love the stuffing you used. Together with the veggies, it make a fantastic meal.

    Have a great day :)

  24. What a pretty roasted chicken. I usually do Thomas Keller's version, or the Zuni Cafe one.

  25. Fantastic, I love the colors and bright flavors of this beautiful dish!!

  26. Lovely roast chicken! Juicy and tender sound perfect..your roast chicken looks so succulent :)

  27. I love the color of this roasted chicken!!!its looks so juicy and tender and of course with all the greens.. This is a feast for the Spring!!!


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