This is a lovely and impressive dish that involves very minimal effort, and can be made with (more or less) what vegetables you have available. And I’ve included a pan gravy recipe below! Since this is a quickie entry, let’s get to it:
CHICKEN AND VEGETABLES, ROASTED IN CAST IRON
- 3 chicken leg quarters, washed and split into a leg and a thigh
- a cast iron pan or deep, heavy casserole dish
- 1/2 bag carrots, peeled and halved lengthwise
- 4-5 stalks celery, washed, ends trimmed, and cut in half
- 1 small yellow onion, peeled and quartered
- 4-5 fresh thyme sprigs
- olive oil
- kosher salt
- cracked black pepper
Heat your oven to 400 degrees, placing rack in the middle of the oven. Arrange vegetables and thyme in the bottom of your cast iron pan, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle with about a tablespoon of olive oil.
Place your washed, dried, and split chicken pieces over the vegetables, and sprinkle those with salt and pepper. Coat your fingertips with about a teaspoon of olive oil, and rub the chicken pieces well, rubbing some oil (and salt) under the skin. Repeat until pieces are well-coated, using 3-4 teaspoons of oil. Pop the pan in your hot oven and roast for 45 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear. So easy! So pretty! So delicious! Enjoy.
Here’s a little brainstorm of substitutions that could be made:
- rosemary sprigs or dried thyme instead of thyme
- cut potatoes or sweet potatoes instead of veggies listed
- leeks or ramps instead of yellow onion
- add a halved lemon to the pan
Also, you’ll have some delicious pan juices left from this recipe. Here’s a simple formula for pan gravy:
Pour pan drippings into a measuring cup, let sit for a few minutes, and pour off all but 1/2 cup fat. Add 1/2 cup fat back to pan, whisk in 1/2 cup flour over medium heat, and cook until hot and thick. In a large measuring cup, measure remaining juices (fat has been discarded), and add chicken stock to equal four cups. Add to pan and allow to cook- when it bubbles, cook for 1-2 minutes to cook off floury taste, then remove from heat. Taste and season accordingly.