Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes, Shallots & Lemons

ROASTED CHICKEN WITH LEMONS, SWEET POTATOES AND SHALLOTS

Traveling for work can take a toll on the body. Unfortunately there isn’t often that much access to fresh foods or options, and especially on the days spent on a plane. After this latest work trip, all I wanted to come home to was a simple dinner and one that I knew what all of the ingredients used were too.

I decided upon just roasting a few items that we had in our fridge and I was so happy with the results. All that was needed for a nice, hearty meal were chicken thighs, sweet potatoes, shallots and a few lemons tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Ta-da! A delightful meal and one that was perfect for some smiles after a cold winter day.

Do you have a similar recipe you like to do in winter?

Cheers!

ROASTED CHICKEN WITH LEMONS, SWEET POTATOES AND SHALLOTS

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Favorite Recipes of 2011

Bye bye 2011 – the year filled with various fruit-filled desserts, homemade pizzas and plenty of roasted chicken recipes. Throughout this past year, I definitely learned many new tricks including how to make pie pastry dough from scratch (and cut and assemble lattices for pies), how to properly clean and prepare a whole chicken for roasting and how to properly make quinoa, just to name a few!

In order to celebrate 2011, I just wanted to list a few of my favorites:

Strawberry Shortcakes

Cheddar Jalapeno Bread


Homemade Oreos


Roast Chicken With Chickpeas,
Tomatoes, Olives and Thyme


Sour Cherry Pie With Lattice Crust


Spaghetti & Sicilian Meatballs


Lemon Ricotta Pancakes With
Lemon Curd and Raspberries


Chicken Piccata


Blackberry Peach Crumble


Baked Macaroni & Cheese
With Garlic Bread Crumbs

Pumpkin Cake With
Cream Cheese Frosting

I am already excited for 2012: hoping to experiment more with pomegranates, mustard (yes, Epicurious predicted it to be a Top Food Trend for 2012), avocados and I would like to make homemade Pho. Join me in my adventure!

Cheers!

Roast Chicken With Olives, Garlic, and Thyme

Olives are absolutely one of my favorite fruits. Yes, I said it — fruit. Most people don’t normally recognize an olive as a fruit because of it’s dark color and tart/bitter taste. Nonetheless, I love adding olives to everything — salads, sandwiches, pizzas, breads, and the like. My favorite type of olive is the traditional black olive; however, I do enjoy kalamata and green olives from time to time. My liking for olives first stemmed at a friend’s house when I was six years old. One of my kindergarten-aged friends proceeded to put a whole olive on each of his fingers. With my back turned to him, he frankly tapped me on the shoulder with his olive-draped claws (hands). While I chuckled at his creativity, I ensued to make my own “olive hands” and developed quite the fondness for olives.

Lately, I have felt that I’ve been neglecting using olives in my cooking. So, I decided to make Roasted Chicken With Olives, Garlic, and Thyme. After all, you need five servings of fruit a day, right? Well, at least this recipe will get me one serving closer to achieving that goal!

Step 1: Marinate Chicken With Vinaigrette,
Lemon Zest, Olives, Garlic, Thyme, Tomatoes,
Garbanzo Beans, and Salt


Step 2: Season Chicken With Pepper and Salt;
Roast for 20 Minutes

Step 3: Spoon Olives and Pan Juices
Over Chicken and Serve!

I was absolutely ecstatic after eating this meal. Grinning ear to ear, I definitely fulfilled my olive craving (perhaps even for the month). The vinaigrette seasoned the chicken perfectly and I’ve really come to like the technique of roasting chicken versus baking and frying. There’s just something extra special about the texture and flavor that arises from this technique. I’d definitely recommend anyone to make this meal (especially if you are an olive lover like me!).

Cheers!