Thursday, June 23, 2011

CEIMB: Tuscan Roasted Chicken with Vegetables

Okay, I am really sorry about these bad pictures. I don't know why, but for some reason it was darn near impossible to get good shots of this meal. And that is quite a shame; the pictures do not do the food justice!

For this week's Craving Ellie in My Belly dish, Margaret of Tea and Scones selected Tuscan Roasted Chicken with Vegetables. I was looking forward to this; I just recently have come to love roasted tomatoes and roasted zucchini, and this recipe includes both. Plus, there's roasted fennel (love fennel!) and lots of fresh lemon flavor and sprigs of rosemary. All the makings of a fabulous meal were there.

For some reason, this one kinda disappointed me. I can't exactly put my finger on why. For starters, I did use a whole 4.5 pound chicken rather than the bone-in chicken breasts that Ellie used. I added onions to the veggies; we just love roasted onions. Because the chicken took about 2 hours to roast, I set it in the roasting dish and cooked it for an entire hour before adding the veggies. The veggies still ended up a little overdone, I thought. The zucchini virtually fell apart when I used tongs to lift it out, so much that I couldn't get many full pieces of zucchini to serve. Same with the tomatoes; they were just a mushy mess.

The onions and fennel held together well, though! And the flavor of the chicken was very good. Lots of fresh rosemary, garlic, and lemon was stuffed into the cavity of the bird, so Ellie's flavors were definitely reflected there. I don't know; I just think in the future I will try roasting different veggies with the chicken, ones that are sturdier. Or, I could roast them for an even shorter time.

It was still great to try this, because I have wanted to for a while now. Thank you for that, Margaret! Be sure to check out the full, unedited version of Ellie's recipe over on Food Network's website, here. And to see the CEIMB blogroll, click here.


  1. Oh I love that you used a whole chicken with yours! I wish I had put onions in mine - will do that next time. Even though your photos are not the clearest, I can still tell what a beautiful dish you prepared. :)

  2. I think your pictures look great! Good idea using the whole chicken. I briefly considered doing the same but decided to take the easy way out with just the breasts. I imagine the whole bird was more flavorful and juicy though. Looks great!

  3. Using the cutlets cut the roasting time which is probably why mine could have been cooked, a bit longer. I loved it no matter what.

    I agree with you on the vegetables. I love the two used but we really enjoy onions and I decided not to add to the recipe.

    This is one, I would happily make again.

  4. It looks wonderful. I'm not big on mushy veggies, but mine were nicely done.