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Roast Chicken with Carrots and Apples

The perfect one-pan meal

Prep Time

    •    Prep time: 15 minutes, plus marinating and resting time
    •    Cook time: 25 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 4-6


For the Chicken:

    •    ¼ cup olive oil, divided
    •    1½ tbsps Sweet Nigella spice blend
    •    One 4-pound chicken, broken down into 8 pieces
    •    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the Carrots:

    •    4 thyme sprigs
    •    5 garlic cloves, smashed
    •    2 tbsps pomegranate molasses
    •    2 tbsps sweet nigella spice blend
    •    4 medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
    •    1½ pounds multicolor carrots, cut into ¾-inch pieces
    •    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    •    1 Granny Smith apple, cored and cut into ½-inch pieces


  1. Prepare the chicken: In a large bowl, toss the chicken with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and the spice blend. Cover the bowl in plastic wrap and let marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

  2. Meanwhile, prepare the carrots: In a medium bowl, toss all of the carrot ingredients together and set aside.

  3. Preheat the oven to 400º. In a 12-inch cast-iron skillet or a small roasting pan, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper, then sear, flipping once, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate, add the carrot mixture to the searing-hot pan, then return the chicken over the carrots.

  4. Roast in the oven until an instant-read thermometer reads 160º when inserted into the chicken, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board to rest and tent with foil for 5 minutes to carry the internal temperature to 165º before carving. Let the carrots continue to roast in the oven while the chicken rests, 5 minutes.

  5. Remove the carrot mixture from the oven and transfer to a platter. Top with the roasted chicken, then serve.

This great family recipe is thanks to Tasting Table Recipes at


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