This Whole Chicken Dinner is good no matter what type of dinner gathering you are hosting. It's as simple as chopping up a bunch of stuff and throwing into a pot with a chicken. Really. You can definitely be creative too. Really clean out the fridge when you're making this dish (maybe just don't tell your guests that part). Don't have vinegar? Use white wine. Out of thyme, (ha,ha). Sage would be delicious too. Just need dinner for the family? Add more veggies and some potatoes for a full meal. Hope you all enjoy!
Whole Chicken Dinner
Prep Time: 15min/ Cook Time 1 1/2-2hours/ Serves 3-4
- 1 whole chicken -the one here is about 4.5lbs. (Mary's Free Range Chicken)
- 1 sweet onion (Vidalia or Walla Walla)
- 5 garlic cloves
- 3 heads broccoli- washed and cut
- 5 large carrots- peeled and sliced
- 2 lemons
- 6 sprigs thyme
- 1/4 c. olive oil (Napa Valley Naturals)
- 1/2 c. apple cider vinegar (Bragg Live Products)
- 2 c. veggie or chicken stock (Pacific Natural Foods)
- 1-2 c. water
- ground pepper (J.R. Watkins)
- potatoes (optional)
Ok, don't let this long list intimidate you-this is so easy! First, preheat your oven to 375°. Then, place your chicken in a baking pot or pan. Be sure to check and remove that little bag of goodies from inside of the chicken. We will not be using those accouterments in this recipe, that is for certain. Pour in your chicken stock, apple cider vinegar, and 1c. water. Depending on how many vegetables you end up adding, you may add more water. Wash your vegetables. Peel and chop your carrots, and chop your broccoli. Throw your veggies into the pot. Cut and add potatoes at this time if you are going for the full chicken dinner. Also, If you are serving more guest, add more of each vegetable. Now, grind a little fresh pepper onto your chicken. Set aside.
Cut your onion and mince your garlic. In a sauce pan, add onion, garlic, and olive oil. Sautée for several minutes. Pour onto your chicken. You should have excess olive oil in your pan that you can pour and rub over your chicken.
Last steps. Slice your lemons. Squeeze them over your chicken and all about in your pot. I like to lay some on my chicken and then just throw the rest in. Then add a few sprigs of thyme. I through in several whole springs, as well as sheered and sprinkled some onto the chicken. Cover and place your beautiful chicken into the oven on 375° for 1 hr. After an hour, un-cover and cook for at least 30min. until done and browned on top.
Then, remove from the oven, and serve. I know my child comes running to the kitchen every time I make this easy meal. Loving it so much that she lays by the oven waiting for it to be ready, constantly telling me that a whole chicken dinner is her favorite! I hope all of your dinner guests enjoy!