Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Family Favorite...Roast Chicken

This has to be one of my family's all time favorite meals...roast chicken and mashed potatoes. It's a guarantee every time that everyone's tummy and soul will be filled with good food and love ~ the most important ingredient you can use in cooking!

There are no measurements needed for this dish.
Pre-heat an oven to 375 degrees.
Slice an onion into thick rings and create a bed in roasting pan. I like to use a Pampered Chef Rectangular Baker (which are on sale in October) because it browns beautifully. Place a 4 - 5 pound chicken on top of the onions, breast side down. Rub Garlic Grapeseed Oil on it and then sprinkle with Rodeo Rub, CA Garlic Pepper and Hearty Spaghetti Blend. Next, peel and slice some veggies such as carrots, parsnips or rutabagas. Place them around the chicken, drizzle them with Garlic Grapeseed Oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Cook the chicken for 45 minutes and then flip it over, re-season the breast side with oil and herbs just as you did before and place back in the oven for about 15 minutes. Then turn the oven down to 350 and continue cooking until the chicken is beautifully browned and the meat is done. It takes about 30 minutes per pound to roast a chicken. Let the chicken rest for at least 20 minutes before carving it.

Serve with Onion Chive mashed potatoes, butternut squash roasted with garlic grapeseed oil and sea salt, and Wildtree's Apple Cranberry Jelly.

Additional Recipes

Onion Chive Mashed Potatoes
Peel and quarter a couple pounds of Yukon Gold potatoes. Cook them in salted, boiling water until fork tender. Drain and return to pan. Add butter, milk, Wildtree's Onion & Chive Blend and mash until smooth and creamy. I use rice milk and vegan butter. 

Roasted Butternut Squash
Peel, seed and cut a butternut squash into large bite size pieces. Toss them with Wildtree's Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil and sea salt and spread in a single layer on a roasting pan. I prefer to use Pampered Chef's Large Bar Pan for premium caramelization! Place in the oven with the chicken for about 45 minutes to an hour or until the squash is soft and starting to brown.

Cook's Note
To make life simpler, you can roast the chicken entirely right side up from the beginning and skip the flipping part.

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