Chicken. Chicken. Chicken. Chick…
I have a solution! Yes, chicken can be incredibly boring. However, I would argue that chicken can also be deliciously exciting. Chicken is an inexpensive and super versatile healthy source of protein that needs a re-think. We are taking your basic oven roasted chicken and adding the flavours of Greece. Kick chicken boredom to the door with our Greek style oven roasted chicken. Your family is going to love it!
Greek Style Oven Roasted Chicken
6-7 lb whole chicken
4 medium yukon gold potatoes, cut in quarters
3 shallots, sliced in half
2 head of garlic
6 plum tomatoes
1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives
handful of fresh oregano
1/4 cup of butter
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
Begin with melting the butter in a small pot on the stove. Add the leaves from a few sprigs of oregano and the juice of half the lemon to the melted butter. Once melted, set aside.
Prepare the chicken by patting it dry with clean paper towel. Stuff half the head of garlic inside the chicken, half the lemon and a few sprigs of oregano. Place the chicken on top of the potatoes and shallots in the roasting pan.
Roast the chicken in a 425°F oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes add the olives and the tomatoes to the roasting pan. Roast for an additional hour.
Transfer the chicken to a cutting board, don’t cut into the chicken right away. Let the chicken rest on the board for at least 15 minutes. During this time you can return the roasted vegetables to the oven…and let them continue to roast.
Slice up the chicken and serve with the roasted vegetables and a simple salad.
By basting your chicken in the buttery lemon sauce you provide the chicken with all the moisture it needs to be deliciously moist. While my kids don’t like eating olives (I simply leave the olives off their plates) you can’t beat the briny flavour that olives bring to the roasted vegetables.
This roasted chicken is perfect for any night of the week and is certainly fancy enough for special occasions as well. All year long we have been taking up the challenge to make our own twists on Chef Jamie Oliver’s basic Food Revolution recipes. Our Greek style roasted chicken is our unique twist on his simple roast chicken with potatoes and carrots. Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution recipes are the building blocks that anyone can use to build a healthy lifestyle. Once you know how to roast a chicken, the options are limitless. What twist would you put on a roast chicken?
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