"Perfect Roast Chicken" + Vegetables

I don't consider myself a great cook.


I only seriously started cooking about six months ago; marriage kinda brought that  I-want-to-cook-nice-meals-for-my-husband feeling out of me. Searching through Amazon for good beginner cookbooks brought me to Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution and I've been making a ton of his recipes. This book is GOLD.


Last night, I made "Perfect Roast Chicken" and "Roasted Vegetables."


The best part about cooking it was shoving a lemon (and thyme and rosemary) up the bird's hole. :D I just learned that if you microwave a lemon for a little bit, it is much easier to get all the juice to come out.


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Here's what it looked like when I took it out an hour and 40 minutes later!


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This came out SOOOO good! The skin was all thin and crisp and the actual meat was so juicy. I may never buy a rotisserie chicken from a megamart ever again. Officially, this is DH's favorite thing I've ever cooked for us.


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Here are the roasted vegetables. I couldn't find any parsnips at Safeway, so I used some cauliflower I had instead. Next time, I'll cut the potatoes into slightly smaller pieces.


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Unfortunately, not everything was a success. Here's my gravy of fail. :D


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It might seem funny to cook an enormous bird for just two people, but the nice thing is now I've got a lot of chicken left over to use for other recipes this week!

Posted on August 2, 2010 at 8:45 am
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jackieg
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i'm a vegetarian, but good pix! :)

Posted on August 2, 2010 at 1:27 pm
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not strange to me! we do big roast chickens (sometimes two at a time) just so that we can have lots of leftovers for the week!


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once we even did a small whole turkey (and it was not at all near thanksgiving time) for just the two of us. that's probably a lot more strange...

Posted on August 2, 2010 at 1:59 pm
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Ooooh yummy photo, jamichael. I'm glad someone else doesn't think it's weird to cook a giant bird for just two!

Posted on August 2, 2010 at 3:22 pm
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yum!

Posted on August 3, 2010 at 3:56 am
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We roast a chicken every Sunday or every other Sunday. It's SOOO good!

Posted on August 6, 2010 at 10:54 am
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hm hm yum!  Looks like a great tasting chicken with beautiful photos to tell the story!


I really like Jamie Oliver's recipes, easy to make, yet creative, hearty and delicious.

Posted on August 6, 2010 at 5:07 pm
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looks super yummy! i will need to try to make one of these!!

Posted on August 25, 2010 at 4:01 pm
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I want to do this I have never done it.

Posted on August 25, 2010 at 5:54 pm
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Oh wow, looks delicious and I don't even like chicken. lol I want to try that! I also really want to buy that book!

Posted on August 26, 2010 at 3:50 am
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I made this last night...OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!! It was THE BEST chicken ever....soooooo tasty and moist! And the veggies were DELICIOUS!!! I felt like a chef after making this! Everyone RAVED about it!!!

Posted on September 7, 2010 at 4:57 am
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YAAAAY glad to hear, Alison! I've been really meaning to make this again!

Posted on September 7, 2010 at 11:44 am

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