Roast Chicken. That most simple and comforting food. And yet I hardly ever roast a chicken. A whole one that is. I am the only one in a house who appreciates a home-roasted, bone in chicken. Everybody else – (husband)- doesn’t want to deal with the bones.
So my “roast chicken” is usually a boneless cut (thighs, breast etc) and it is usually a “one pan plan.” And this recent one was no exception. Everything on pan, cut to similar size.
By adding big rough cut pieces of tomatoes, I knew the chicken would stay moister and there would almost end up being a bit of a “pan sauce” created. Just cook up some rice or pasta or steamed greens and serve in bowls.
Very easy, very comforting.
raw veggies and chicken tossed with olive oil and Italian seasoning
How do you pack for vacation AND turn all the fresh veggies in your fridge into a delicious dinner plus extra for the freezer the night before you leave?
ROAST them of course!
It is hands free and while the oven does the work – you can spend more time deciding how many pairs of shoes to pack.
Here is what I had hanging around my fridge that night….
yup – I have to brag – I grew that basil and those cherry tomatoes myself!
Not shown here but I chopped and threw in a small onion as well. Speaking of chopping, I kept it easy by just rough chopping everything into large pieces. Roast in a 375 degree oven with olive oil, S&P, a dash of balsamic vinegar and a shake of Italian seasoning blend. I did wait and add the fresh basil towards the end of roasting.
You know how when you pack sometimes you find yourself with a little extra room. (It can happen.) So you get a little crazy and add some more clothes “just in case” – that is how I feel about cheese. I will just add it “just in case” to every dish because it always works! So the finished veggies above have some shredded Romano added.
While you are taking a break from your packing – boil some pasta and enjoy dinner. Kinda like the marathoner who “carbo-loads” the night before – eating this delicious blend of roasted veggies and pasta – will give you the strength to struggle on and finish your packing. And whatever doesn’t fit in your suitcase or stomach can be put away for another time.
…And no I am not scared to freeze cooked pasta.
I made sure to add all the juice from the roasted tomatoes and “packed” it really well for its trip to the freezer.