Oven Roasted Lemon Thyme Chicken and Vegetables

Thanksgiving is just three days away, how did it happen so fast?! We spend Thanksgiving out of town with family, big family. We normally have around 35 people in the house and we cook everything from scratch. Just to give you an idea of what our feast consists of, for dessert alone we make  pumpkin pies, pecan pie, chocolate pie, coconut pie, cheesecake, carrot cake, cobbler, pistachio pudding, chocolate sheet cake or a brownie and my mother in law wants to include a Tres Leches Cake this year (I’m so excited about that!) That is just the dessert for the bellies without food restrictions because we also have the sugar free desserts and the gluten-free desserts.

I am looking forward to all the crazy cooking hours, believe it or not, is what I enjoy the most, being in the kitchen with my mother in law asking for each others opinion about certain casseroles and trying this and that to make sure it’s seasoned properly.  

Today, however, I realized that I have a lot of vegetables I need to cook, I am sure they’ll go bad by the time we get back from our trip so, after giving a lot of thought I decided to roast them along with some chicken. My favorite way to cook vegetables is roasting them, their flavor just gets richer and sweeter, and because they’re sweet and tender, my girls love them. The Lemon Thyme chicken is also an all-time favorite of my family so putting them both together was the recipe for success.  

I have carrots, parsnips, brussels sprout, and radishes. I know, radishes are a little unusual but If you don’t like raw radishes try roasting them, they get so tender and sweet you’ll get just a little peppery kick at the end. You can use whatever vegetables you want, I’ve made this many times with before using, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, onions, it doesn’t matter what you use, it will always be delicious. I cut them pretty large because they’ll be in the oven for quite a bit and I don’t want them to get overcooked. Heat your oven to 425 Degrees.   
Put the veggies on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and add a few springs of thyme here and there. 

In a small bowl, combine the butter, thyme leaves, lemon zest, minced garlic, salt and pepper. (Sorry about the second picture, I’m still trying to figure out my lightning).

Spread the butter mixture evenly on both sides of the chicken. 

Place the chicken skin side up on top of the vegetables and bake for about 45min at 425 degrees. Rotate the baking sheet once or twice during the cooking.

Soooo delicious. I love eating colorful food, and kids love them too!   
The vegetables are so tender and sweet and the chicken cooked perfectly. It is juicy in the inside, crispy skin on the outside. Now, If you want to give it extra flavor try this…

I drizzled everything with my cilantro and garlic oil, it adds a wonderful touch of freshness and an extra layer of flavor,  you won’t believe how delicious it is. Find the recipe for my Cilantro and Garlic oil here and the recipe for the Lemon Thyme roasted chicken and vegetables, below. 

 

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Hello, my name is Marisol Chancellor. I was born and raised in Monterrey Mexico. I’ve been living in Texas for 12 years and even when I love barbeque, fruit cobblers and sweet tea, there’s something that has the power of transporting me right back to my mom’s kitchen and gives me a little piece of home, cooking. I grew up in the kitchen and for me, memories are always linked to food, and behind the food, well, there’s always a story that comes along. So, please let me share with you my love for cooking and while we are at it, let’s share some memories, because let’s be honest, we are also hungry for nostalgia.

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