This week I chose to try the Roast Chicken for the Lazy! Lazy is about right. It was a very simple recipe with few ingredients. I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and try cooking the meal without making any vegetarian variations. I picked-up a whole chicken from Trader Joe's ... my first whole chicken. I was somewhat surprised by how inexpensive the chicken was, even for an organic/natural one ... but I wouldn't know what to compare the price to since this was my first purchase of one.
My hubby is a huge fan of pot roast & veggies and when we make our pot roast, we make TONS of veggies to go with it because that's what we eat the most of at our house. I already had some large red potatoes, so I used those ... about 3 lbs of them. I used up some carrots and ended up with about 1 1/2 lbs of carrots in my pot. I also had my garlic, onion, oregano, salt, pepper, and olive oil. I love celery with my roast and debated on adding some to my chicken. I decided against it, but afterwards wished I had that celery to enjoy with my potatoes & carrots.
We put bread down in the bottom of our roasting pan and then placed the seasoned chicken on top of the bread. (I made my hubby do all the handling of the chicken!) After the chicken had cooked a while, we added all our veggies, which had been tossed with some olive oil. The final product was delicious and I even enjoyed the chicken! The bread that had cooked under the chicken didn't really do much for me or my kids, but I think my hubby enjoyed it. Next time I'd add more variety of veggies & use less olive oil somewhere along the way. I could see our family enjoying the recipe again in the future, especially on a chilly day.
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