Why You Should Roast Chicken On A Bed Of Vegetables

Adding vegetables when roasting a whole chicken gives you an easy and delicious one-pan meal. When it comes to what vegetables to use, while onions, carrots, and potatoes are common, it’s really up to your tastes and imagination. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bell peppers, leeks, and more can be used. Regardless of the vegetables you choose, what’s important, according to Southern Living, is to cut your vegetables into even shapes and sizes so they achieve uniform consistency during cooking. You’ll also want to coat them in some olive oil and season with salt and pepper before putting them in the pan.

When roasting, you can either place the chicken directly atop the veggies, or, as Bon App├ętit recommends, use a rack to elevate the chicken slightly above the veggies. That way, air can travel around the chicken, crisping the entirety of its skin.

Perhaps the best part of roasting vegetables with your chicken is the wonderful flavor that is achieved. As the chicken cooks, its drippings will run off and baste the vegetables, imparting them with all that delicious chicken flavor and requiring no extra effort on your part… except to dig in!

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