Friday, November 12, 2010

Roast Chicken for Les Paresseux: French Fridays with Dorie


















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.

Go here to see other participants' results from this past week.

All FFWD recipes are from her new cookbook, Around My French Table.  As participants of this online cooking group, we are not allowed to share the recipes on our blogs, so if you like what you see, pick up your own copy of the cookbook.

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13 comments:

Elaine said...

How wonderful that you had a sous chef! :) It browned beautifully!

Flourchild said...

Im glad you liked the chicken! I loved this recipe and my family ate it all up! I made the PG this week.

Kris' Kitchen said...

Did you roast your meal with the lid off? Proud of you to get out of your comfort zone! The first time I roasted a turkey, I had to have the neighborhood kids come over and do the touch-the-turkey part...they all thought I was mental, but I can do it all now...I have blocked my brain...just don't think about it...and then, it always tastes good! so it's worth it.

SoupAddict said...

The veggies are always my favorite part of a roast - so delicious, being cooked in all the juices.

Frolicking Night Owl said...

@KrisKitchen - I cooked it with the lid on ... just took the lid off to add veggies about 1/2 way through.

Frolicking Night Owl said...

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I'm happy to read that you found a tasty chicken option! I also found that I'll have to cut down on the olive oil somewhere in the recipe the next time I make it. By the way, I love pot roast as well! Great post!

betsy said...

It looks great, so nicely browned. I love hearing about everyone's different experiences for the recipes.

Steph said...

Yummy! Your veggies and bird look terrific. Glad you had hubby around to do the "dirty" work.

scrambledhenfruit said...

Looks delicious! I love all of your extra veggies- I ran out of room in my pot for more. :) I hate to touch icky raw chicken too.

Mary said...

It looks fantastic! Now I wish I had added some more vegetables to mine.
:)

onewetfoot said...

Congratulations on your first roast chicken - it turned out beautifully!

Val said...

This looks so delicious.

Beth said...

This looks like it turned out fabulous. I'm sure it's a great meal for your family because it is such a time saver. Loved the post and I'm glad you enjoyed it. We certainly did too. B:)

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