Summer in the city means cold, cold, cold! Well, if you’re in Portland it does! So the other night as the rain splashed down, I thought firing up the ‘ole oven sounded down right cozy. And it was! I made roasted chicken, carrots and potatoes with olives and lemon, a favorite in our home, since I found this recipe thumbing through the pages of Real Simple this winter…or perhaps fall. Anyway, it only dirties the baking sheet that you cook it on (win!) and takes me all of about five minutes to whip it together (double win!); though it roasts for about 50 minutes in the oven. This meal is absolutely delicious – so very, very flavorful. The acidity of the lemon and strong salty taste of the olives imparts a powerful blast of flavor with every bite of the chicken and carrots. I add potatoes to mellow it all out.
Check out the original recipe if you wish; here is my adaptation (oh, and because I needed to hurry and pop this in the oven, I only took pictures of the finished product…so yeah…I’m going to show you about 8,000 pictures of this feast from pretty much every angle…ready…):
Looks delicious!?! Let’s get cooking!
- 6 chicken drumsticks
- four carrots cut into two-inch pieces (halved length-wise at the thick top)
- 2-4 baby red potatoes, quartered or halved based on size (I just use however many fit onto the sheet)
- 1 small container kalamata olives (the smallest container at the olive bar – I think this is about 2/3 – 3/4 cup)
- 4 bay leaves
- 1 lemon, quartered
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- fine sea salt and black pepper
- 1-2 teaspoons paprika
- Set oven to 425 degrees. On a large rimmed baking sheet (although I’ve done it in a more shallow one but it was annoying), toss the chicken, carrots, potatoes, olives, bay leaves, lemon, 1/4 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon salt and a few cranks from the pepper mill. Fan all the goodness out in a single layer. Generously sprinkle the chicken with paprika.
- Roast, tossing everything just once at about 25 minutes, and continue cooking another 25 minutes or so until the chicken is cooked through and the carrots and potatoes are tender. Mangia! Oh, and in case you missed what it looks like when it’s done: