The phrase “so little effort” jumped at me from the recipe which was how I made this Easy Baked Chicken and Vegetables. This was just what I needed on a busy weeknight. Have you ever had those days when you’re pulled in different directions – work, kids, chores, errands and at the end, dinner is still your responsibility? Sigh. It doesn’t matter if women can have it all, the fact is, we have to do it all.
Enough said. I need to get supper going. And I want to share with you how this easy to bake chicken with vegetables has saved me many meal times.
But let me back track. The original recipe of this “Shove It In the Oven Chicken” was from the lovely Pam Anderson and her site Three Many Cooks.com, which she writes with daughters Maggy and Sharon. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Pam and Maggy at several food events – the NYC Cookie Swap and The Big Summer Potluck, both big bloggers’ events. Pam and her family graciously hosted a large group of food bloggers last summer at their home in Bucks County, PA. She’s been a great resource of recipes since. Her meal ideas are easy and real. Go see her site and you’ll see what I mean.
Meanwhile, have a go at this just like I did. I am guilty of not thinking ahead sometimes. I just run and go. Then suddenly in the middle of the day, I stop in my tracks and remember dinner is in a few hours and I have nothing. So for tonight, I pulled out the chicken, chopped up the veggies in quarters and tossed it all together in the roasting pan. And as Pam suggested I let it cook by itself.
When I took out the foil cover, the aromatic steam of the dish smothered my senses. The gust of aroma-delicious scents from the combined onions-soy sauce-rice wine and broth made me delirious. Dinner was done and all I did was ‘shoved it in the oven’! Take a seat and grab a piece, if you please.
Easy Baked Chicken and Vegetables
- Oven-proof Large Casserole Pan
- 3 to 4 pounds whole chicken, cut-up; bone-in, skin-on
- 4 whole large potatoes peeled; quartered
- 1 cup peeled and sliced carrots
- 1 whole large white onion chopped
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1/4 cup vegetable or corn oil
- 2 Tablespoons oyster sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Shao Xing rice wine
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 cup broth
- 1 stalk scallions chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper powder
- 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley for garnish
- for serving: steamed rice
- Make sure oven rack is in the middle. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.
- Grease a roasting pan that measures about 9 inches x 13 inches to fit the chicken and vegetables.
- Place the chicken, vegetable oil, potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, oyster sauce, rice wine, soy sauce, broth in roasting pan. Toss it all together. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Blend ingredients well. Cover with foil. Bake in the preheated oven 400 F degrees for 50 minutes. Remove the foil and let it roast for 25 minutes more till chicken cooks thoroughly and potatoes turn a darker brown color.
- Serve hot garnished with chopped parsley and accompanied by a bowl of boiled white rice.
- Recipe notes: Oyster sauce is used as a base for most Asian stir fry dishes. It is a staple in my pantry. It is made from oysters, water and salt, often used as a multipurpose seasoning for meat, vegetables or noodle dishes . (Source: The Asian Grandothers Cookbook by Patricia Tanumihardja).
- Cook’s comments: Pam Anderson’s original recipe of “Shove It In the Oven” used boneless chicken thighs and thus required a shorter cooking time. She also used Italian seasonings to flavor the dish. You can take her lead and follow her recipe, too and I promise it is just as divine. I have adapted according to what ingredients I have in season and in the pantry. Everything works out fine in the end – just shove it!
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