My easy recipe for roasted chicken dinner, aka Brathühnchen or Bavarian 'Brathendl', is so nice for a weekend dinner. Easy enough to throw together quickly and end up with a great meal. It's also a great way for beginners to learn how to roast chicken. Prepare the chicken, put into the pan, and into the oven. Then get the veggies ready and add them about halfway through the roasting time. Dinner's ready!
A variety of vegetables can be used. I like using carrots, red and green peppers, potatoes, and onions. Zucchini are also a nice addition. So are parsnips. Be creative. A different roast chicken dinner every time.
Below, I put two chickens into the roasting pan. That crowded the veggies and they didn't cook completely (or get browned). So, once the chickens were done, I removed them, tented them with foil, and upped the oven temp to 450 F. The veggies finished within 10 minutes.
After that, I removed the veggies. I thickened the cooking liquid with a bit of cornstarch dissolved in water. Yummy gravy!
When you buy chicken, you need to know what you will be using it for. If it's to make soup and broth, then almost any "old hen" will do. Usually they are sold as "stewing hens" and are mature female birds, weighing about 3 - 8 lbs. The meat will be tough, but the broth - yummy.
For this roast chicken dinner, you want a young tender bird or a roasting chicken. This recipe uses a bird that's about 3 lbs.
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