There’s not a lot of dinners much simpler than roasting a chicken. Am I right, or am I right? To me, it is one of the easiest and delicious meals out there. It’s good for when you have a lot to do around the house and need something easy for dinner, it is easy for Sunday lunch, and it is even easy if you just want to eat it because it’s delicious.
You can use this recipe and change it however you’d like: different spices, herbs, and vegetables..they pretty much all taste great.
The Cast of Characters: whole chicken, sweet potato, russet potato, carrots, onion, salt, pepper, olive oil, worcestershire, liquid smoke , rosemary, and basil.
To begin, go ahead rinse, pat dry, pull the bag out of the cavity and butterfly your whole chicken by cutting the backbone out. If you don’t know exactly how to butterfly a chicken, you can watch that here on this Youtube video.
After you cut the backbone out and have it flattened out, you can add your seasoning: salt and pepper to taste, basil (1 tablespoon), and rosemary (sprinkle until covered about 2-3 tablespoons).
Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a pot (I use cast iron because it makes the chicken taste better. I BELIVE!!!) and throw the chicken in skin side DOWN. In the picture this is skin side UP. Sear it on high for 6 minutes, then flip it over to skin side UP.
Now, dice up your vegetables.
Throw them into a plastic bag and add: 1-2 tablespoons olive oil (just enough for the herbs and spices to stick), 2 teaspoons of salt, 2 tablespoons of pepper, 1 teaspoon rosemary, and 1 teaspoon of basil. Seal the bag and shake, shake, shake until combined.
Throw your veggies into the same pot as your chicken. Now for the good stuff: add 2 tablespoons of liquid smoke and one tablespoon of worcestershire. Stir the veggies around.
Put into a 350 degree oven for 1 hour 10 minutes, uncovered.
Then, COVER with a lid for 30-45 minutes until veggies are soft.
You can cut up the chicken afterwards, or serve it whole. I serve it whole because it literally falls off the bone. It is soooo delicious and flavorful. My mouth is watering as I type this!
Again, this is so easy! Your family will love it and it’s healthy!
1 Whole Chicken, Rinsed and Patted Dry
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Basil, 1 Tablespoon
Rosemary, 2 Tablespoons
Liquid Smoke, 2 Tablespoons
Worcestershire, 1 Tablespoon
Olive Oil, 2 Tablespoons
1 Sweet Potato, diced
1 Russet Potato, diced
1 Yellow Onion, Sliced
2 Carrots, Quartered
Olive Oil, 1-2 Tablespoons
Salt, 2 Teaspoons
Pepper, 2 Tablespoons
Rosemary, 1 Teaspoon
Basil, 1 Teaspoon