Roasted Chicken with Fennel, Lemon and Vegetables

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Oven Roasted Chicken with Vegetables
Oven Roasted Chicken with Vegetables | Source

ROASTED CHICKEN VERSUS ROTISSERIE CHICKEN


We live in a fast-paced world and constantly hunt for ways to cut corners and save a few moments of our precious time. Unfortunately, in doing so, we sometimes sacrifice the joy of preparing a homemade meal and the explosion of flavors and aromas our culinary skills can provide. Do you remember those long ago Sunday dinners? The fragrance of a home cooked meal, slowly baking in the oven and wafting throughout the house was indescribably delicious. Well, if you can spare a few hours and bring the family together for a scrumptious feast, then my roasted chicken recipe should bring back some down home goodness for both family and friends.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 2 hours
Ready in: 2 hours 30 min
Yields: 4 - 6

Ingredients

  • 5 - 6 lb. Whole Chicken
  • 5 Stalks Celery, Coarsely Chopped
  • 1 Fennel/Anise, Quartered
  • 6 Carrots, Cut in 2 Inch Pieces
  • 2 Whole Lemons, Cut into Slices
  • 1 TBS Parsley
  • To Taste Salt
  • To Taste Pepper
  • 1 TBS Poultry Seasoning
  • 1 TSP Paprika
  • 1 TBSP McCormick's Grill Master Chicken Rub
  • 1 TSP Thyme
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1/4 Stick Butter
  • 1 medium Onion, Coarsely Chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place chopped vegetables and several lemon slices on the bottom of the roaster pan. Season with 1/2 tablespoon of poultry seasoning, salt and pepper.
  3. Pour 2 cups of chicken broth and 2 cups of water over vegetables and set roaster rack on top.
  4. Melt butter in either a saucepan or the microwave and set aside.
  5. Remove giblets from the chicken.
  6. Rinse chicken in cold water, being sure that you clean out the cavity. Pat dry and place on roaster rack.
  7. Squeeze remaining lemons over the chicken and throw a couple of the slices inside the cavity. Tie chicken legs together.
  8. Brush the melted butter all over the chicken. Then sprinkle with thyme, poultry seasoning, paprika, McCormick's chicken rub and salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Cover the roasting pan and chicken chicken with aluminum foil and place in oven for 1/2 hour. After 1/2 hour remove the foil and baste the chicken several times during the next 1.5 hours. Remove from oven once the juices run clear.
Coarsely Chopped Vegetables
Coarsely Chopped Vegetables | Source
Seasoned chicken and vegetables
Seasoned chicken and vegetables | Source
Roasted chicken
Roasted chicken | Source

I like to bake chicken with fennel/anise because it gives a hint of licorice flavor. Serving this dish on a large platter with slices of white meat and a leg and thigh, surrounded by the roasted vegetables is pleasing to the eyes. I also drizzle some gravy over the chicken.

SUGGESTED SIDE DISHES

Baked Potato with Sour Cream and Chives - Idaho potatoes work best

Mashed Potatoes - Real mashed potatoes for a real meal

Steamed Broccoli - Served with a dollop of butter

Steamed Asparagus - Or baked, wrapped in prosciutto and drizzled with olive oil



JUST SAY "NO" TO FAST FOOD


I'm one of those people who love to grocery shop. I eagerly await the coupons and grocery flyers inserted in the Sunday newspaper before fine tuning my shopping list that was started several days earlier. I'm not the type who rushes into the store to pick up a few things. Oh no, not me. I make sure I travel up each and every aisle. Admittedly, I can drive my wife a tad nuts.

I cannot recall the last time I ate at a fast food restaurant. When you prepare home cooked meals you are afforded an opportunity to control your fat content and the amount of salt, along with portion size. Another added benefit is the fact we get to sit around the kitchen table and enjoy a family meal. Furthermore, the leftovers are great for so many things, including sandwiches and homemade chicken soup.

I love to cook. I'm happiest first in my garden and secondly when I'm at the stove thinking up a new twist to an old recipe. It truly is a labor of love to be the household chef.

WRITTEN BY: DENNIS L. PAGE

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hawaiianodysseus profile image

hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

Dennis,

Save me a dinner setting, won't you? OMG, this is an awesome looking meal! Congratulations on possessing and utilizing multiple talents, my friend!

From a fellow writer's perspective and critique, I was hooked by your lead paragraph. You and I hail from a different era when more time and care went into the preparation of home-cooked meals. This was a heartwarming and nostalgic hub for me. I am left with only one more thing to say--

BABY BOOMERS ROCK!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

OH, Dennis! Please invite me over when you prepare this! It looks so scrumptuous, I'm drooling. I seldom visit recipe hubs because, though I've always cooked 'real' meals, now since I'm alone, they are VERY simple & focus primarily on health & nutrition. I like simplicity actually but when there is a dish like this you've shown . . . It becomes a matter of health, and already is one of nutrition! I'm saving the recipe for a special occasion, perhaps a fall holiday feast if I'm not going out!


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Cook n Save Money 3 years ago from Minnestoa

I'd never thought of roasting fennel. This looks delicious, and easy, too! Thanks for posting it, I'll be giving it a try soon.


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travmaj 3 years ago from australia

Hi - we're having chicken for dinner this evening - I'll definitely be trying out your recipe. Mmmm can't wait. Thank you -


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ hawaiianodysseus - Yes, Baby Boomers still rock, except now it is in a rocking chair. LOL Believe it or not, I learned to cook from my dad. He arrived home about an hour or so before my mom, so he started the prep for our dinner.


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Nellieanna - There is always room for one more person at our dinner table. My wife always tells me I cook enough to feed an army and she's probably correct. It is difficult cooking for just two, but one thing is for sure and that's the two freezers I have stocked full of frozen leftovers.


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Cook n Save Money - Thank you for visiting my hub. It is a fairly easy recipe, but like anything it is the prep work that takes the most time. The kitchen smelled wonderful when I would open the oven to baste the bird.


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ travmaj - I appreciate your visit and comment. Every now and then it is just nice to throw a chicken in the oven and let all of the seasoning and vegetables work their magic.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Mmm looks and sounds delicious.

Another for me to vote up and save.

Have a great day.

Eddy.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

May I just say, "Please pass my plate filled with this delicious looking (and sounding) meal."

What a combination...I can almost smell it cooking.

Shared and voted up. Bookmarked to add to my files. Thanks for sharing.

Sending Angels your way this morning :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

May I just say, "Please pass my plate filled with this delicious looking (and sounding) meal."

What a combination...I can almost smell it cooking.

Shared and voted up. Bookmarked to add to my files. Thanks for sharing.

Sending Angels your way this morning :) ps


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Eidwen - Thank you so much for the vote and I certainly hope you enjoy this recipe. For me, cooking is similar to gardening because with both I get lost in time and the personal rewards are wonderful.


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ pstraubie48 - I am flattered by your comment, along with the vote and share. Thank you so much.

As I've mentioned before, there's always room for one more at my table. One extra thing I enjoy doing is sharing many of my dishes with friends and surprisingly, no one has turned down my offers.


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Anamika S 3 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Awesome Dish! Got make it. Pinning for reference.


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Anamika S - It was nice to see you visit my virtual kitchen and that you find this recipe appealing. The chicken bursts with flavor and the vegetables are absolutely delicious.


Vickiw 3 years ago

Dynamite chicken recipe! I think the fennel, for that anise flavour, and the lemon would be the magic. And of course the seasoning, and then, let's not forget that heady aroma of such a beautiful dish actually cooking . . . Really nice Hub!


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Vickiw - Thank you for you words of encouragement on this recipe. You are correct, the fennel and lemons make a world of difference. Many times I will stuff the bird with the fennel and lemons as well. When this dish is in the oven and the aromas are swirling around, it's hard not to hear a stomach growl.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Right on, Baby Boomers Rock and so does this recipe! I cook every night and this looks like an easy variation on the chicken dinner and yet so yummy. I just made chicken parmesan soup for my in-laws. Keep the recipes coming!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

tillsontitan - I'm glad you liked my chicken recipe. I agree, Baby Boomers do rock, even if it is in a recliner. I also cook every night, but every now and then it sure is nice to have a day off. Wow, I can honestly say I have never heard of chicken Parmesan soup and would love to know more about that recipe. Currently, I have a slow cooked pork roast with vegetables, including corn, beans, carrots, onions and mushrooms reheating on the stove. Aah...feel the love. Thank you for stopping in for virtual dinner.


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rdsparrowriter 3 years ago

Hi ! This looks so delicious and yummy. This sure made me hungry right now. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful :)


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ rdsparriwriter - Thank you for dropping into my kitchen today. One thing about this recipe is how moist and flavorful the chicken is. Many times I will stuff the chicken with the fennel to enhance the flavor. Thank you again.


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

MMMmmmmm...i LOVE roast chicken and make it quite often..

i've never tried it with fennel tho - and i love how the onions and veggies are under the bird!

i've asked and been rejected many times, but - will you marry me D?

LOL

hmmmm...how did i miss this 3 weeks ago????

voting up and sharing..


pagesvoice profile image

pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ ImKarn23 - I can always count on you Ms. L. stopping by and leaving me a witty comment or two.

To increase the aroma of fennel and the lemon, I will also stuff them in the chicken's cavity. Also, I like placing the vegetables in the bottom of the roasting pan because they are so full of flavor when served as a side dish.

It's 4:00 A.M. and I'm already planning tonight's meal and I'm leaning toward skillet lasagna with a fresh garden salad...or homemade goulash...or homemade sauce and meatballs. Oh, decisions, decisions.


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NMLady 3 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

nice recipe...


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

Yummy! I love oven roasted chicken and vegetables. I´m drolling now. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Awesome!


pagesvoice profile image

pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ NMLady - Thank you for stopping by and reading my recipe. I'm glad you like it.


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Thelma Alberts - It was a pleasant surprise to see your comment on my recipe today. I too enjoy vegetables and when time allots, this is by far one of my favorite recipes.


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peachpurple 19 months ago from Home Sweet Home

wonderful meal for dinner, all in one is what i love best


pagesvoice profile image

pagesvoice 19 months ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I love one pot meals. I'm especially fond of roasted vegetables with chicken, beef or pork. Also, less pots equal less cleanup and I'm all for that.

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