Monday, May 16, 2011

Roast Chicken with Potatoes, Lemon, and Asparagus

 I have really been absent from my blog. I have been checking in on all of my friends but life has just gotten very hectic and something had to give. One boy is home from college for a bit and leaves again in a few days for a summer job. The other one, my baby, is going to graduate from high school and will be leaving the nest very soon. Everything is good...and I feel like I need to be in the moment right now enjoying my family while they are here and we are all together.

As you can see by some of the other posts I have made, that I am a big fan of the easy, delicious, chicken dinner. This one comes from Everyday Food...I had it in my files marked to try, and then a friend from a message board I belong to tried it and loved it and that gave me a little push. I made this for Sunday dinner last night and all of my hungry guys gave this a huge thumbs up!
We have gorgeous local New Jersey asparagus here now and it was perfect for this dish. What I loved about it was one pan to wash...that was it. Very little prep and the guys adored this. The original recipe calls for a whole chicken cut up...but we love the juicy thighs. I used two pounds of new tiny creamer potatoes and there was not a one left. There are lovely, lemony, juices after this is roasted...I will make this one many times again I am sure. The light was horrible in my kitchen last night...so please excuse the pics.
  
Roast Chicken with Potatoes, Lemon, and Asparagus
adapted from Everyday Food
Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds new potatoes, halved
3 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
Coarse salt and ground pepper
 Bone in, Skin on chicken thighs , about 3 pounds
1 bunch asparagus (1 pound), trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges 

3 cloves of garlic, sliced
6 sprigs fresh thyme

Directions
Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Place potatoes and half the butter in a roasting pan; season with salt and pepper. Roast, tossing once, until potatoes are golden, 20 to 25 minutes.

Place chicken, skin side up, on top of potatoes; season with salt and pepper. Roast until chicken begins to brown, about 20 minutes.

Scatter asparagus,garlic, lemon, remaining butter, and thyme around chicken. Roast until asparagus is tender and chicken is opaque throughout, 5 to 15 minutes. Serve chicken, vegetables, and lemon drizzled with pan juices.


29 comments:

  1. This is truly a winner recipe! What a great blog entry!

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  2. This dish looks so tasty! I will try it for sure, as soon as I'll find asparagus again in the store :) Thanks for sharing!

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  3. What gorgeous comfort food! Enjoy your sweet boys :)

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  4. You are so right to enjoy The Moment..the now..they are the real deal:)

    The dish looks perfect..I love chicken also..I like the look..the taste..the feel.

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  5. This is a tasty way to feed the family. Love the lemon combination.

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  6. Looks like an easy, delicious dinner, Linda. I agree with you, the thighs are the best part of a chicken. We are at the height of our asparagus season too. Looking forward to serving this to my family.

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  7. Thank you all for stopping by and you kind comments my friends!
    I am sure you will love this is you try it...
    L~xo

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  8. Those moments are very special. Yes, live in the moment because time does move forward...my girls have been gone for a few years but I cherish the memories of those years.

    I would love the chicken!!

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  9. Look great and easy - my favorite kind of one roasting pan dish!

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  10. Thanks ladies!

    Annie I thought of you when I made this...perfect for your family! I had the leftover chicken for lunch and it was really good!

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  11. Looking good.....looks like a winner, something my family would enjoy. :-)great photo's.
    ....thanks for sharing Linda.

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  12. delicious post!! I am hungry just by looking at the pictures here,bet it tastes amazing!
    xox
    lila

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  13. Thanks for stopping by...hope you like this dish!

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  14. Hi Linda! :)

    That dish looks so easy and really good. I must give it a try too. Sometimes I dont know what to so with chicken! Glad youre having a happy time and being with family is important. MOST important. Enjoy. :)

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  15. this looks so good, i am not cooking this year, trying to shrink, i miss pretty real food, you are making me want to rush to the kitchen!

    thanks for all your visits, you know i am over the moon happy there, but no net there so online so little these days to keep up any where. that oj was blood orange, only you noticed that special color :)

    waving hi and preparing for more time away, i gots water on the brain!

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  16. Jain your Iris are in bloom this week and we are having torrential rain...it sucks!

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  17. YUM! Those potatoes look so good!

    xo,
    amanda

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  18. Thanks for stopping by Amanda!

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  19. Many of my favourite ingredients. I've had my eye on this recipe.

    I've reached the 5 year anniversary for my blog. If you get a chance, pop over and register for my giveaway.

    Becky

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  20. Oh, this looks amazing - my kind of dinner. I, too, am a big fan of easy chicken dishes. But one that promises to deliver this much flavor?? Virtually unheard of! I think your photos are amazing. I'm salivating all over my keyboard...

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  21. Thanks for stopping by ladies...

    Becky Mazel Tov on five years! Yay!

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  22. Sometimes you have to take time off to tend to more important things. But you came back with a winner of a meal.

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  23. Thanks Linda...hugs to you!

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  24. I tried all last week to get this recipe on the table! This week for sure!! As usual your pictures are inspiring.

    Hugs,
    Susan

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  25. Can't wait to give this a try, Linda! All of my favorite ingredient, including lemon, and one pan to wash. Sounds good to me!

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  26. just discovered your beautiful profile picture (cause i had a little blogpause, too). i wish you 1000 delightful moments with your family, enjoy every minute.

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  27. Linda... I've been away for a while and look what I find... one of my favorite dinners done beautifully~ the asparagus are splendid this time of year.

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