When life gives you lemons, you slice them up and shove them up a bird cavity. Isn't that how the phrase goes?
And not just lemons for that matter but many, many things left in the back of your fridge can be given new life by shoving them IN or UNDER a basic bird. (I really should find a more appealing verb than 'shove' shouldn't I?)
This roasted chicken recipe is sure to please even the pickiest eaters, while serving as a fun way to use up all the odds and ends left in your pantry. AND if you buy a big enough bird, you can shred the leftovers and freeze for future *Girl From Scratch recipes. Don't be intimidated by a whole bird! I know we get used to just buying breasts and tenderloins at the grocery store, but there is so much flavor and tons of meat on a whole chicken. Not to mention it's way cheaper by the pound than boneless, skinless white meat. Remember: You CAN do it!
For today, I have a bag of limping celery, some dried out carrots and some forgotten fresh herbs that never made it into my well intentioned pesto recipe. Now those are basic roasting ingredients, but I challenge you to really dig and be creative. Got random root vegetables rolling around the bottom of your produce drawer? Got orange marmalade? This can make one of the tastiest chicken glazes I've ever made. One random potato, a yam, a single garlic clove, a parsnip? Fennel? Onion? Some Craisins? That's perfect! You are ready for this Kitchen Sink Roast Chicken recipe.
Kitchen Sink Roast Chicken
Proof! I wasn't lying about the limping celery, it was on it's last legs.
The leading lady of this production.
Quirky cast of characters: Upon further exploration I discovered a forgotten sweet potato, an orange and a half a bag of chopped walnuts, hmmmmmm.....this gets me thinking!
I couldn't decide between savory or sweet so I did both! One side: celery, onion, carrot, lemon, garlic and thyme. The other side was yams, craisins, and walnuts tossed in cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and orange zest.
Stuffed and prepped for the oven.
Golden brown and crisp to perfection. (This diva bird may or may not have set off the fire alarm to let me know it was finished. Hypothetically speaking, allegedly.....maybe. )
After the husband and I had a fabulous dinner of roasted chicken and sweetly caramelized vegetables, we shredded the rest for future dishes, and bagged the bones for stock. (homemade stock recipe coming soon!)
This recipe was inspired by Ina Garten's (The Barefoot Contessa) Perfect Roast Chicken. Even though I changed around the ingredient list, I used her recipe as my guidepost for temperatures and times. For this recipe the only thing you need to buy at the store is a fresh thawed chicken. The rest of the ingredients should be remnants in your fridge and cupboard. Use this as a way to be thrifty and clear out the good ole' pantry without wasting any grocery money.
The Craisins, sweet potato, walnuts and orange zest made a delicious side dish that's a little out-of-the-box. I'm so excited to hear your ideas! What do YOU have in your pantry that you might try?