Today I went grocery shopping and I was surprised to find fresh thyme. Usually in UAE we don’t find fresh herbs, dried ones are more common. So the first thing I thought when I bought it was to make roasted chicken with vegetables.
I wanted to keep this recipe simple so all I did was marinate the chicken with the thyme, minced garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. The vegetables were roughly chopped, then I layered them and roasted the whole thing.
It turned out delicious, the potatoes got flavored from the chicken and crisped up real nice. I highly recommend that you try it. You can eat it all by itself as it has all the potatoes and pumpkin, or you can serve it with bread.
If you want it low carb, then change the type of vegetables used. I would suggest zucchini, eggplants, and bell peppers. The options are endless.
You will need:
- 1 chicken, cut into 8 pieces
- 2 medium potatoes, chopped into big pieces
- A piece of pumpkin, same amount as the potatoes, chopped into big pieces
- 1 big onion, chopped into thick rings
- 2 big cloves garlic, minced
- juice of one lemon
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons chopped herb, i used thyme *
- salt and pepper
* if using dried herbs then reduce the amount to one teaspoon
Start by marinating the chicken. In a bowl mix the minced garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and herb. Season the marinade with salt and pepper, then add the chicken pieces and mix well until its all coated.
Set aside for at least half an hour to marinate. For better results marinate overnight.
In a medium bowl, add the potatoes and pumpkin then season them well with salt, pepper and olive oil.
Place the potatoes and pumpkins in a baking pan and roast them on high heat for 30 to 40 minutes.
When the potatoes are done, put a layer of the onion rings, then add the marinated chicken on top. Place it back in the oven over medium heat for around 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Bake until the chicken cooked and the skin is nice and crisp.
Serve the Roasted Chicken With Vegetables straight out of the oven.
Happy Baking, and as we say in Arabic “Sahha Wi Afia”