My sister hosted a Christmas cookie swap this weekend and it was such a success. All of the guests brought such a great assortment of cookies and my husband was ecstatic when I walked in the house with a perfect mix of holiday cookies.
This past week was an unexpectedly stressful week for us filled with Christmas parties, unplanned get togethers, and an EXTREMELY sick dog. When it came time to start baking for the cookie swap I was wiped out. I wanted to make something home made and delicious but I didn’t really have time or energy to whip up some complex, cookie cutter, frosted masterpiece.
About 2 weeks ago a profile I follow on Instagram, posted a picture of a roast chicken with thyme and peaches. I was so excited to see such a good looking bird that I immediately took a screen shot of the photo in hopes of making it later that week. A couple days later I visited the blog but unfortunately the recipe was nowhere to be found. So at that point I was stuck. I could try to search the depths of the internet to find the exact recipe, or I could just make something similar on my own… Challenge accepted!
I bought a huge bag of red onions at Aldi a week ago and at the time I’d only used one onion. I knew I needed to use the rest before they spoiled so I figured I’d use red onions in my recipe. Previously I’ve made salmon with grilled peaches and red onions so I knew the flavors would mesh well together.
All week I’d had a craving for beets because, well, I love roasted beets. I figured I’d try to throw some of those into my recipe and that’s how this meal came to life.
If you know me personally you know that although I enjoy eating well and exercising… sometimes I just need something super buttery and unhealthy. So this recipe is a little bit of both. I took the fiber and folic acid from the onions, vitamin c and vitamin a from the peaches, and the fiber and vitamin c from the beets, combined it with the high protein chicken and added a touch of BUTTER. And by a touch of butter I mean, an entire stick. I’m not ashamed either.
This recipe was really good (probably because of all the butter). The prep for the meal is pretty easy. I peeled my peaches but you don’t have too, so that can save you a little time. Most of the time for this recipe is spent watching it make in the oven.
I roasted my chicken in a cast iron skillet. I don’t know if there’s any scientific proof behind this, but I believe anything cooked in a cast iron skillet tastes 5x better than if it were made in a more “traditional” type of cookware.
If you don’t like beets and peaches, switch it out for apples and potatoes, or some other root veggies. This is roasted chicken and veggies at it’s finest. Make this recipe your own!
You will spend a little time basting the chicken, but as a result it ends up coming out of the oven as a rich red color! It’s beautiful easy and delicious. Serve with a side salad and you’re done!
Combine beets, peaches, and onions, and olive oil in the bottom of your cast iron skillet (set aside a few peach slices and onion slices for a garnish). Season with salt and pepper.
Top the beets, peaches, and onions with a few sprigs of thyme.
Using the microwave, melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a medium bowl.
Add garlic powder, thyme, salt, onion powder, and nutmeg to the melted butter. Stir to combine.
Cover the entire chicken with the butter mixture, being sure to coat the outside of the chicken, inside of the chicken, and if possible, under the skin as well.
Set the chicken, skin side up, on top of the beet, peaches, and onions.
“Decorate” the chicken with the extra peaches and onions that we set aside earlier.
Place a few additional thyme sprigs between the chicken wings, and legs.
Place skillet in oven and bake for 30 minutes.
While the chicken is baking, melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter.
After the chicken has baked for 30 minutes glaze the top of the chicken with the remaining melted butter.
Let the chicken cook for 20 – 30 minutes more (until the internal chicken temperature reaches 165° F) while basting the chicken every 5-7 minutes. Basting the chicken with the pan juices will give the chicken a red coating (from the beets) and will distribute the juices back into the chicken.
One the chicken is roasted, turn your oven to broil and place chicken under the broiler until the skin reaches a desired crispness (2-3 minutes).
Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before carving.
It’s been a while. I’ve had 6 drafts sitting on my site. 6 fully or partially written drafts that I just haven’t haven’t felt compelled to post.
The first is about my easy mashed potatoes. The second is a post about our Asheville trip and a restaurant that had oysters on almost every menu item (even in the beer). The third is “tales of travel” from the cruise we took last year. The fourth, a quick no recipe lunch. The 5th, a gift guide for the foodies in your life. The final, is a recipe for one of my “famous” Sweet by Lauren cakes.
They’ve all been there but for some reason I felt they haven’t been worthy of the blog.
In the last 6 months I’ve done so much: reached goals, traveled, cooked, entertained, and none of it has been documented here. I hosted Easter brunch for the second year in a row. I graduated from graduate school and became only one of two women in my immediate family to do so. My sister had her second child and I threw what I thought was one of the most fun events I’ve thrown in a while for her shower. I’ve traveled to Florida twice, South Carolina, and North Carolina. So many great meals, events, and recipes but all still in my head or scribbled on a piece of paper somewhere.
Life has happened and for some reason I haven’t been compelled to share. I know that blogging is just an opportunity for me to share a little bit of my life with you and my goal is to do better.
A little pinch here and there can create one of the best plates you’ve ever seen! Hopefully those plates can turn into an amazing party! The purpose of this blog is to share that with you!
I hope you enjoy every step of my journey as I continue to share my life with you.
More to come soon and don’t worry, I’ll definitely be posting that cake recipe!