Ina Garten's Easy Recipe for Perfect Roast Chicken and Vegetables 05:43
Roast chicken with vegetables can work equally well in a casual meal or an elegant affair. Food Network's Ina Garten shares an easy recipe for the perfect roast chicken with vegetables. Start by cleaning off any remaining pin feathers, pat the bird dry, then stand it with the open end facing up. Salt and pepper the inside, then insert one quartered lemon, a whole head of garlic (halved), and some stalks of fresh thyme. Melt about 2 tbsp of butter in a sauce pan, being careful not to burn it. Butter is better than olive oil for this recipe because butter has milk solids that burn slightly for added flavor. Truss the bird by tying the leg ends together, then tuck the wings underneath the bird. Place chopped vegetables of your choice (carrots, onions, potatoes, etc.) in a roasting pan and then place the chicken on top so its juices can blend with the vegetables. Bake at 425 degrees for about an hour and a half.