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Roasted Chicken with Winter Vegetables

This dish is not only perfect for the Christmas menu, but it can be made a part of a meal before Christmas. During the holiday season, everyone is busy and leads a hectic life. This dish is comparatively easy to cook and takes less time, but is delicious and wholesome at the same time. Do not roast the carrots in any kind of sauce. Rather, try roasting them in balsamic vinegar. When the carrots are caramelized, a strange kind of sweetness comes to the vegetables. This dish has lovely colors and is a favorite with the kids.

Prep Time

    •    Prep time: 15 minutes
    •    Cook time: 45 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 4


    •    salt
    •    pepper
    •    1 large onion
    •    1 tsp olive oil
    •    1 tbsp olive oil
    •    7 cloves garlic
    •    4 large carrots
    •    2 small turnips
    •    1 whole chicken
    •    1 small fennel bulb
    •    8 sprig fresh thyme
    •    1 lb. baby red potatoes


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In 18 inch by 12 inch jelly-roll pan, arrange onion slices in single layer in center. In large bowl, toss potatoes, carrots, turnips, fennel, 4 thyme sprigs, 3 garlic cloves, 1 tablespoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper until well mixed. Spread in even layer around onion slices in pan.

  2. If necessary, remove bag with giblets and neck from chicken cavity; discard or reserve for another use. Rub chicken cavity with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Place remaining 4 thyme sprigs and 4 garlic cloves in cavity and tie legs together with kitchen string. Rub remaining 1 teaspoon oil on chicken and sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.

  3. Place chicken, breast side up, on onion slices in pan. Roast 45 minutes or until juices run clear when thickest part of thigh is pierced with tip of knife and temperature on meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh reaches 175 degrees F. Let chicken stand on pan 10 minutes to set juices for easier carving. Meanwhile, transfer vegetables around chicken to serving platter, leaving space in center for chicken. Transfer chicken and onion to serving platter with vegetables, tilting chicken slightly as you lift to allow any juices inside to run into pan. Skim and discard fat from juices in pan; pour into small bowl and serve with chicken. Garnish with additional thyme sprigs.

This great family recipe is thanks to Good House Keeping Recipes at


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