Tuesday, January 4, 2011

What I'm Cooking: Roast Chicken

This weekend I wanted to cook something easy, warm and good. Roast chicken came to mind and I had a whole chicken in the freezer calling out to me, "Hey Dianne, it's freezing in here, you wanna get me out and eat me?" Or maybe it was in my head. Do frozen chickens ever talk to you?

We love roast chicken. I'm normally not very impressed with chicken breasts, but end up fixing them all the time since they are a good source of lean protein. Roast chicken is a different story. It's always so juicy and tasty, we just devour it. The recipe I chose this time did not disappoint either.

Ina Garten is my favorite "celebrity chef." She has such an easy, relaxed and carefree attitude. Most of her recipes are non-fussy, simple and have few ingredients. Oh, and they are also absolutely delicious. I love The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and watching her on the Food Network. I chose her Perfect Roast Chicken recipe, which she says is so good she serves it to her husband every Friday night. Well, it turned out so good I think I will have to fix it at least once a month (which is a lot for me since I like to try so many new recipes). Wow! Excellent recipe. I served it with mashed potatoes and wished later that I had just tossed the potatoes in with the rest of the vegetables to roast. Next time I will. And there will be a next time!

I give this recipe 5 stars (on a scale where 1 star = "Yuck!" and 5 stars = "Wow!")


  1. I don't eat meat (never developed a taste for it and never wanted to eat it since I can remember) but I love them smell of it grilling, baking, etc. You chicken looks delicious, especially with those soft carrots around it, yum! I wanted to let you know I just made your spinach basil pesto last night. I followed the recipe exactly as you have it written and we were blown away by how great it is. I know from now on I will always be making our own instead of buying it. Thanks Dianne.

  2. Hi Kelly, I'm glad you liked the pesto! I make it all the time and freeze it in ice cube trays so I can just use it when I need it. It's great just tossed with pasta and veggies.

  3. I forgot that I had seen your spinach basil pesto a while ago on AR. I'll have to try it out! Also, the chicken looks delicious!!