Recipe for Roasted Chicken

This easy recipe for roasted chicken ("Brathühnchen") 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. 

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, you want a young tender bird or a roasting chicken.

This recipe uses a bird that's about 3 lbs.

If you want some extra meat left over, you can always use a larger bird (roasting chickens average from 3 - 6 lbs.). You'll need to adjust the cooking time accordingly, adding the vegetables for the last 40 minutes or so.

German Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken, about 3 lbs
  • salt, pepper, paprika
  • 2 peppers, green or red
  • 2 small zucchini
  • 1 to 1 1/2 lbs potatoes
  • 3 medium onions
  • 1 tbsp instant vegetable broth powder
  • 1 - 2 rosemary stems

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Season chicken inside and out with salt, pepper, and paprika.
  • Place chicken into roasting pan and place in oven for about 30 minutes.
  • During this time, prepare vegetables.
  • Cut peppers into large chunks. Thickly slice zucchini. Peel potatoes (if desired. If not, scrub well) and cut into quarters. Peel onions and cut into wedges.
  • Dissolve instant vegetable broth powder in 1 cup hot water. Strip rosemary leaves from stems.
  • Once chicken has been roasting 30 minutes, add vegetables, broth, and rosemary.
  • Roast for about another 40 minutes or until chicken is done. Occasionally, turn vegetables during roasting.
  • Serve with a salad.

For the above recipe for roasted chicken, the overall time will be about 1 to 1 1/4 hours. You prepare the chicken, put into the pan, and into the oven. Then, get the veggies ready and add them halfway through the roasting time.

A variety of vegetables can be used. I like using zucchini, red and green peppers, potatoes, and onions. Carrots are also a nice addition. So would parsnips. Be creative. Different every time.

If you bought chicken pieces, check out this, my favourite among quick easy chicken recipes.

For dessert ...

waffles with cream
Black Forest Dessert


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