All-In-One Roast Chicken Dinner

"Don't expect a fine dining recipe -- this is rustic, comfort food for the busy cook, which will fill the kitchen with its fragrance as it roasts! I make this dish at least once a week or ten days, and always heave a sigh of relief when I've shoved the entire dinner into the oven in one go and can leave it to cook itself, while I do something more interesting! A salad is all I make as an extra. The vegetables can be substituted with any others, as long as they will roast satisfactorily. I don't like roasting carrots, for example, because they can come out still chewy. The veggies used for Mediterranean roast dishes are best, but use what you have available. As I cook for two, the breast part of the chicken will always be left (we prefer legs and wings) and is very useful for a chicken salad, or chopped up and used in a pasta topping. Note that quantities given are basically for 2 people, so adjust quantities for more, and cut down on the variety because there won't be space in the roaster!!"
 
All-In-One Roast Chicken Dinner created by Zurie
Ready In:
1hr 40mins
Ingredients:
18
Serves:
2-3
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directions

  • Heat oven to 350 deg F/180 deg Celsius Use your largest oven roaster -- like the one in the photo, which comes with most ovens.
  • Clean the chicken of all extra fat and skin flaps. Season inside with salt. If using, put two thick slices of lime or lemon, an onion quarter and 1 - 2 garlic cloves inside the cavity.
  • Place the chicken in the roasting pan.
  • Cut the ends off the bell peppers, remove seeds and ribs, sprinkle in a little salt and pepper, and put a peeled tomato in each cavity.
  • Add the cleaned cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini and cucumber slices (or mushrooms) to the pan.
  • Add the potatoes and the onion quarters. Sprinkle the chopped garlic over everything, and also use some salt, lightly, over the vegetables and chicken.
  • For the dressing, mix the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, mustard and some black pepper in a bowl, and whisk well to mix.
  • Drizzle this over the contents of the roasting tin, and rub some of it all over the chicken. Make sure the potatoes get their share of dressing.
  • Sprinkle the rosemary over the chicken.
  • Bake the lot for about 1 1/2 hours. Everything should be done after that, BUT you might have to tent a piece of foil over the roaster halfway through, to prevent bits burning. Take this off again just before it's done, so the chicken and potatoes will brown nicely.
  • If you make this for 2 people as I do, you will have leftovers, especially of the chicken. It's very handy to use for another dish.

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  1. Karen Elizabeth
    Tried this for a Sunday Dinner Roast Chicken with the family, it certainly does cut down on the preparation and we enjoyed the dressing used over the chicken and vegetables! I followed your instructions to the letter, including the chosen vegetables, other than the mushrooms, which I don't like. Upped the amount of vegetables to cater for five of us, and I did cook the potatoes separately. I did tent with foil briefly. I hadn't used the idea of putting onion and lemon wedges in the chicken cavity previously, but did so on this occasion, choosing to bake the stuffing separately (generally I stuff the bird). I'm glad I gave this a go, thanks for sharing, Zurie!
     
  2. Genius Kitchen
    Congratulations! Your recipe was featured on the homepage yesterday as the Recipe of the Day!
     
  3. Rockamama
    This is delicious! Tip: make sure your roasting pan is deep enough (do not use a broiler pan), to accommodate all the liquid that will accumulate, especially from the chicken.
     
  4. Zurie
    All-In-One Roast Chicken Dinner Created by Zurie
  5. Zurie
    Don't expect a fine dining recipe -- this is rustic, comfort food for the busy cook, which will fill the kitchen with its fragrance as it roasts! I make this dish at least once a week or ten days, and always heave a sigh of relief when I've shoved the entire dinner into the oven in one go and can leave it to cook itself, while I do something more interesting! A salad is all I make as an extra. The vegetables can be substituted with any others, as long as they will roast satisfactorily. I don't like roasting carrots, for example, because they can come out still chewy. The veggies used for Mediterranean roast dishes are best, but use what you have available. As I cook for two, the breast part of the chicken will always be left (we prefer legs and wings) and is very useful for a chicken salad, or chopped up and used in a pasta topping. Note that quantities given are basically for 2 people, so adjust quantities for more, and cut down on the variety because there won't be space in the roaster!!
     

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