Goooooood morning! Did everyone have a nice (maybe even a nice, long?) Easter weekend? I did! Some of the highlights included trying a strange food concoction: It was disappointing.
Grilling out with friends. And staining our back deck.
Do we know how to celebrate, or what?
I wanted to try something new for our Easter dinner, since it was just the two of us- well, 3 of us 🙂
I decided to roast a chicken – for my first time ever – and what an excellent decision that was! I used a recipe from the Williams-Sonoma Bride and Groom Cookbook as inspiration and had dazzling, oh yes, DAZZLING, success!
Lemon & Rosemary Roasted Chicken with VegetablesPrint
Lemon Rosemary Roasted Chicken and Vegetables
This simple yet elegant roasted chicken is a hearty and wholesome meal that satisfies like comfort food while being nutritious at the same time.
1 whole chicken, innards removed (4 lbs)
1 lemon, cut into quarters
3lbs baby potatoes (red or golden), quartered
4 cloves of garlic, smashed
3 medium onion, cut into quarters
1lb carrots, cut into 2” pieces
Rosemary (2 sprigs)
Kosher salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, and chop up your veggies. Toss in a bowl with 1 Tbsp of olive oil, until coated. Place the vegetables along with your smashed garlic cloves in an oiled baking dish and season with Kosher salt and pepper.
Pat the chicken dry and place in baking dish. Stuff the quartered lemon and rosemary into the cavity.
Then rub the chicken down with olive oil and season, both under and on the skin, with Kosher salt and pepper. Loosely cover the pan with tinfoil and place baking dish with chicken and vegetables into the oven.
Roast for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and use tongs to tilt the chicken and pour out the delicious juices.
With foil removed, return the baking dish to the oven for another 25 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 170-175 degrees. Remove from oven and pour the juices out of the cavity again to mix with the vegetables, then move the chicken to a cutting board and cover it loosely with a tinfoil tent for about 10 minutes, letting the juices soak back it.
Meanwhile, mix up all your roasted veggies with the juices in the pan. Carve the chicken and serve alongside the roasted vegetables. Enjoy!
And dig in!! Not only did this meal make the house smell amazing, it was SO good. Who knew such simple ingredients could make such a delicious meal? The chicken was super juicy and the veggies were melt-in-your-mouth good. Hubbs was very impressed and asked that we do this meal again –true success 😉
My favorite thing about this meal? It was SO easy. Prep took about 10-15 minutes, then you let the oven do the work.
Next time I will double, if not triple, the veggies. The carrots and onions are incredible. The portion was perfect for two, so if we have friends visiting, I’d roast 2 chickens, extra veggies and round out the meal with an extra side. But for just the two – three– of us, it was perfect.
What was your favorite part of your Easter meal?
Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean says
nice job with the meal!! ps…not sure if you just changed the look of the site or if i’ve just been reading it in my reader for a while but i love it! looks so cute 🙂 have a good monday
I did change up the look recently and am so excited about it 🙂 Thanks!
Yum! I have made turkey quite a few times, but I’m not sure I ever roasted a chicken. My hubby has an irrational fear of chicken on the bone, so that might not work for him. Otherwise, I’d be making this ASAP. I might just make it for myself on a night when he’s away 🙂
Brooke @ Veggie Table says
Awesome job with the meal! Looks super impressive even though it seems simple! Glad all 3 of you had a happy Easter weekend – next year, I bet you guys will be hiding eggs for Baby D! 🙂
Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen says
I didn’t really have an Easter meal! Weird, but when you don’t have family around, holidays sometimes slip by with little fanfare. However, I must applaud you for that chicken. Roasting a whole chicken is on my list of things to finally accomplish successfully, as the two times I’ve tried I had to break it down in order to cook in fully. Flavor was great, presentation flawed. 🙂
As for that PB&J pizza…I bet I could do it better.
And now I want to try.
Let me know if you succeed in the pizza! The crust was soggy and made the whole dish a ‘flop’ – pun intended 🙂
shannon (the daily balance) says
what a lovely meal! looks delish, and I love the simplicity — think I’ll be stealing this for the next family dinner I host!
Mmm… We were just talking about roasting chickens this weekend, and this looks delicious! I’ll definitely be trying it soon!
Autumn @ Good Eats Girl says
I’m going to try this soon! I love roasted chicken and this sounds great!
Your chicken and vegetable looks delicious! The best part of our Easter dinner was that I did not have to cook it–hot dogs on the grill.
I’ve always wanted to try roasting a chicken! Yours looks amazing, happy easter to the 3 of you 🙂
Corey @ the runner's cookie says
Too bad the flatbread was disappointing – seems like it had potential!
Nice job with the roast chicken, looks perfect! Maybe someday I’ll have the guts to attempt at meal like that 🙂
Glad you had a nice Easter!
It’s so much easier than it appears- you’ll be surprised when you give it a try! 🙂
Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans says
Your dinner looks amazing! I love home cooked meals like that!
My favorite part of the 2 Easter meals that I ate was the fact that I shared them with family.
Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good says
It looks delicious! My hubby roasted a chicken with lemon in the cavity once, and it was possibly the best chicken I ever ate. We really should do that again sometime. 🙂
My favorite part of Easter dinner? fresh pineapple, yum!
Caree @ Fit-Mama says
wow, that looks amazing!
Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) says
I made carrotcake cupcakes that were “healthy” and they were delicious!
Your meal looks excellent. 🙂
Maria @ Oh Healthy Day says
Oh my goodness! You make something that scares me (roasting a chicken) look so easy! I also love roasted veggies, so this is my kind of meal.
Lauren @ Hungry Dancer says
Wow!! That sounds amazing!!! Roasting a whole chicken is kind of daunting, but this makes it seem a little easier!!
I was travelling all Easter weekend so I didnt get to enjoy the traditional meal (or sunshine for that matter!). Although I dont eat meat your meal looks fab!
McKayla (green groats) says
That looks delicious! I especially love your photo of lemons and rosemary! Such a wonderful combination 🙂
Baking Serendipity says
Your chicken looks fantastic! This is one of my favorite meals…it always comes across as fancier than the work it seems to be 🙂 Glad you had a good Easter and long weekend!
Grandma Honey says
Do you know the maker of your roaster? I love how you can actually put vegetables under the chicken. All the roasters I’ve seen have only about an inch between the rack and the bottom of the pan. So if I knew what kind you have maybe I can find one.
Brittany Dixon says
It’s the All Clad Traditional Roasted http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/4410556/?catalogId=5&sku=4410556&cm_ven=Google_PLA&cm_cat=Shopping&cm_pla=default&cm_ite=default&kwid=productads-adid^52929352663-device^c-plaid^82946921863-sku^4410556-adType^PLA&gclid=Cj0KEQiAqdLDBRDD-b2sv6-i6MsBEiQAkT3wAkGYy7mUdC6O64XeywY9P9t3oEyzWfmAgn_E_5tXGYoaAjM18P8HAQ
However pictures may be deceiving because there only is a n inch or between the bottom of the roasting rack and the pan!
Grandma Honey says
Thank you so much for all your help Brittany! I made this a few nights ago and it was beyond wonderful. SO SO good!