Roast Chicken With All of the Vegetables in Your CSA

September  6, 2019
8 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Serves Serves 4, even though it looks like way too many vegetables
Author Notes

I know, I know—a recipe for roasting chicken that takes over an hour is billed as a Simple Weeknight Meal. But it’s just so hands-off and satisfying that I would call this a Simple Thursday Night Meal. Meaning that it’s easy but also gives you enough time to sip an extra martini, because it feels like your week may never end. And the hour-plus is all in the oven. As soon as your oven is hot (and frankly, there is no rule that says you can’t put food in your oven before it is completely heated), you can stick in the chicken, and the vegetables can be prepped while it’s cooking and thrown in as they are needed. If it looks like there are way too many vegetables, there are not. Your spouse or roommate or pet or parent may be saying, “That’s too much, we’re never going to eat all of that,” but make them a second martini and tell them everything will be okay. Trust me.

From Dynamite Chicken: 60 Never-Boring Recipes For Your Favorite Bird (Ten Speed Press, 2019) —Tyler Kord

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Roast Chicken With All of the Vegetables in Your CSA
  • 1 3-to 4-pound (1.4 to 1.8kg) chicken
  • 5 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 large russet potatoes
  • 1 small red cabbage
  • 2 cups (280g) English peas (fresh, or frozen and thawed)
  1. Heat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and position the oven rack 4 to 6 inches from the broiler. To quarter the chicken, first cut out the spine as if you were spatchcocking it. Then, make shallow slits on either side of the breastbone to loosen it, but instead of removing the breastbone, like we do when we spatchcock, simply cut directly through it, splitting the chicken in half lengthwise. Then, cut through the skin separating the thighs from the breast to make quarters.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the chicken with 1 teaspoon of the oil and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Place the chicken, skin-side up, in a large roasting pan and put it in the oven. Now set a timer on your phone for 5 minutes!
  3. Cut the potatoes, unpeeled, into 1-inch (2.5cm) cubes. In the same large bowl as the chicken, toss them with 2 teaspoons of the oil and 1 teaspoon of the salt. When the timer goes off, toss the potatoes into the pan with the chicken, and if you want to be truly awesome, place them peel-side down so they won’t stick to the pan. Set another timer for 25 minutes.
  4. Core the cabbage and cut it into 1-inch (2.5cm) chunks. Toss them with the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and 1 teaspoon of the salt in our favorite large bowl and add to the roasting pan when the timer goes off again. Use a spatula to free the chicken from the pan if it is sticking and give everything a good toss. (You can remove the chicken breast pieces from the pan at this time and reserve them on your cutting board, if you like yours on the juicier side; if you're looking for greater ease, feel free to keep them in the pan for the whole roasting time.) Set a final timer for 30 more minutes.
  5. Throw the peas into the bowl with the remaining 1⁄2 teaspoon salt, letting them just pick up what is left in there. When the timer goes off for the last time, add them to the roasting pan (and put the reserved chicken breasts back into the pan, if you've gone that route) and turn the broiler to high. Broil the chicken and vegetables until everything is dark around the edges, 3 to 5 minutes, depending on how intense your broiler is and how close the pan is to it.
  6. To serve, scoop the vegetables onto four plates and top with a triumphant chicken piece. Finish with a light sprinkle of salt and a tiny drizzle of oil.

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8 Reviews

alexisfromtexas February 9, 2024
I just tried this with red and orange peppers, an onion and cabbage. The chicken was juicy with a crispy skin and the vegetables were perfectly cooked (I added them under the chicken after 30 minutes). Will definitely make this again.
liz A. April 21, 2020
aw, the video is adorable - i never saw it.

this is such a clutch method to turn to when you want to use a whole chicken but can't be bothered with a marinade. haha loved the simplicity of it. i made my partner break it into the pieces tho! haha
Tyler K. April 22, 2020
I appreciate you!!!
Justine S. January 11, 2020
Tried this tonight with carrots, potatoes, and peas. Everyone loved it - including my toddler & preschooler. Will definitely be making this again.
Rudy January 3, 2020
When you first pre-heat the oven to 400° is it on broiler setting or regular bake?
PointMan December 13, 2019
Excuse me but what does CSA mean?
Carmen January 4, 2020
CSA is Community Supported Agriculture. You buy a subscription from a local farmer to receive a weekly box of whatever vegetables are in season.
Beth December 13, 2019
Sounds great, I'm going to try this but using quartered onion and some sliced carrots instead of the cabbage. I have other uses for red cabbage. Thanks