Say thank you: Roasted Chicken & Veggies

by Nicole on October 17, 2011

If we ever didn’t feel like homeowners, then this weekend solidified it in our minds….and our wallets.

We (a very strong we) are embarking on a major DIY, redoing our kitchen and bathroom on our first floor. If it wasn’t for the help of my stepdad and his cousin, we never would have been able to take this on. So through their help, Danny & his friend/my friend’s BF, Tim, they ripped out the bathroom this weekend. The first Saturday of many in Saturdays was spent doing this.

My mom and Tony have been here helping us almost every weekend and random days during the week. Without their help I certainly wouldn’t have done many things…like take apart and clean every inch of every window. Or wash all the blinds. Or clean behind the fridge. And that’s just the small stuff.

So what better way to thank my family to make them a dinner?

Danny and I did a million things on Sunday: Target, Home Depot, Home Goods, Trader Joe’s, Farmer’s Market.

After getting a beautiful whole wheat round loaf of bread at the farmer’s market, I was convinced I needed to make a whole roasted chicken for dinner. I tend to get these random thoughts for meals on the weekends and then they must happen.

So there it was a roasted chicken, roasted veggies & a salad to go with the bread. That was the first thought. The second thought was dessert. Homemade cupcakes with buttercream frosting. Done. Get me to the store NOW.

I consulted the only person that would make sense to consult in roasting a chicken. A girl who knows meat…and shoes. Why else would I love her?

I closely followed this blog tutorial. By closely I mean, had Danny clean out the insides and do all the prepping. I stood close and instructed.

Like Jessica recommends, I  generously doused the chicken in fresh ground sea salt and black pepper inside and out, top and bottom. Then Danny rubbed extra virgin olive oil all over the bird. I also cut an onion up and put it at the bottom of the pan. We baked it in the oven in a roasting pan at 425 for 90 minutes uncovered. It came out perfect. Literally perfect.

The roasted veggies were also super, super easy and seasonal.

Chicken, veggies, salad and fresh bread. Perfect dinner. And then there was dessert.

But that’s for another day.

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Aine @ Something to Chew Over October 17, 2011 at 10:04 am

Yum! I roasted a chicken on Saturday and it was so good! Totally forgot to take a picture though :(

Looking forward to the dessert recipe!

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Matt @ The Athlete's Plate October 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Totally making these veggies tonight :)

And I swoon for roasted chicken. So good.

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Kelly October 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm

That looks like a great thank you dinner!

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joanna October 17, 2011 at 7:04 pm

mmm what is that cuppy cake?!

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Pure2raw twins October 17, 2011 at 11:05 pm

great job with the chicken! and loving ending the day with a sweet treat :)

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