Maybe My Best Roasted Chicken Yet! ~ Maple Roast Chicken with Vegetables

Ok folks, I don’t like to toot my own horn but this Maple Roast Chicken with Vegetables recipe is downright amazing! In fact it may be my best roasted chicken yet, and it’s here just in time for the holidays.
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Sweet, Savory and Spicy All Rolled Into One

Every time I make this chicken, I can’t wait for it to come out of the oven. Waiting to carve it is excruciating, but the wait is worth every second.

Maple Roast Chicken with Vegetables

What Gives It That Kick?

This moist, flavorful, organic chicken is surrounded by colorful vegetables tossed in olive oil, sea salt, maple syrup, and spicy brown mustard …

Maple Roast Chicken with Vegetables

…and roasted until the chicken is perfectly browned and crispy, then brushed with an orange maple glaze.

Maple Roast Chicken with Vegetables

The vegetables are cooked until caramelized, making them even sweeter! Are you hungry yet?

Maple Roast Chicken with Vegetables

I use some of my favorite vegetables in this recipe: Brussels Sprouts, tri-colored potatoes (new rose, purple and white), shallots and butternut squash.

Maple Roasted Chicken with Vegetables

How To Work with Butternut Squash:

You may use pre-cut butternut squash from the store if you wish, just make sure it’s really fresh. If you want to peel and cut your own, I have some tips. Working with butternut squash can be difficult unless you have the right tools. You need a good sharp knife (my favorite on sale now!) and a Y peeler . With these two tools peeling and cutting a butternut squash is a piece of cake!

Maple Roast Chicken with Vegetables

The Recipe: Roasted Maple Chicken with Vegetables

You will need a good roasting pan (I use this All Clad), a good knife (this is my knife on sale now for lower than I have ever seen it!),  a basting brush and a Y peeler (for squash, trust me). To learn to carve a chicken watch my video tutorial here. Save the giblets and bones to make nutritious bone broth!

4.74 from 15 votes
Maple Roast Chicken with Vegetables
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 45 mins
 

A spicy, sweet and savory chicken dish! Be sure to save giblets and chicken bones for broth making!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: comfort food, easy dinner recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 1 - 4 to 4 1/2 pound chicken
  • Sea salt
  • pepper
  • 2 cups butternut squash peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 lb tri-colored new potatoes rose, white and purple if large cut in half, if small leave whole
  • 1 lb brussels sprouts if small left whole, if large cut in half
  • 4 large shallots peeled and quartered
Veggie seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon REAL maple syrup no fake stuff!
  • 1 Tablespoon spicy brown mustard
Chicken Glaze
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • pinch of sea salt pinch of pepper
Instructions
  1. If possible, remove bird from fridge an hour before prepping. This allows for more even cooking
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place oven rack in center of oven
  3. Remove giblets (save for later if making broth) rinse chicken inside and out and pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Season entire chicken with sea salt and freshly ground pepper, place in roaster breast side up.
  5. Tuck wings behind back, and tie legs with cooking string or silicon bands.
  6. Prep veggies and place in bowl. Combine ingredients for vegetable seasoning and whisk.
  7. Drizzle over veggies and toss.
  8. Place vegetables in roasting pan around chicken.
  9. Place in oven and set timer for 1 hour and 15 minutes. (total cooking time 90 minutes)
  10. While chicken is cooking place all ingredients for glaze into a small sauce pan.
  11. Bring to a low simmer stirring for 3-4 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly. Remove from heat.
  12. When timer goes off (at 1 hour 15 minutes) baste chicken with glaze using a brush.
  13. Repeat basting every five minutes, until glaze is gone, cooking for approx 15-30 more minutes (depending on the size of your chicken, altitude, etc)
  14. Remove chicken from oven when thigh juices run clear (usually an hour and a half total) or if using an instaread thermometer, when 175 degrees F is registered.
  15. Place chicken on a cutting board and cover with foil to 'rest' for ten minutes. This redisributes the juices and allows the chicken to cool enough to handle when carving.
  16. If the veggies aren't quite browned enough place them back in the oven allowing them to brown while chicken rests and then is carved. But keep a close eye on them.
  17. After chicken rests for ten minutes, carve.
  18. Remove veggies from the oven. Serve

 

 

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Everything You Need for Your Holiday Feast!

Every year around this time people start to ask what I am serving for the holidays. To be perfectly honest, my mother has cooked the turkey and stuffing every year since I was a child. My sisters and I handle the sides and desserts. It’s always a delicious feast for the eyes as well as the belly. So without further ado, here is Everything You Need for Your Holiday Feast!

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Let’s Start with Drinks:

We don’t drink alcohol but we do like something bubbly, festive and delicious in our glasses at celebrations. This Lemon Basil Spritzer is slightly sweet and so refreshing! Easy to make too.

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The Appetizer Platter:

Charcuterie platters are always a great party idea! Learn to make a holiday appetizer platter here. If you prefer flavors from the Mediterranean, try this fabulous platter! 

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Turkey or Chicken:

We are offering options, options, options! We prefer to dry brine our turkey. It’s easier, less messy, and in our humble opinion, tastes better than a wet brine. Learn how to dry brine and cook an herbed butter turkey here. But if turkey is a bit much for your celebration, The Organic Kitchen Citrus and Herb Roasted Chicken is a great choice!

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And Because a Delicious Turkey or Chicken Needs and Incredible Stuffing:

Turkey is fabulous and all, but give me the stuffing! This Italian Sausage and Apple Stuffing is made with Ciabatta bread which makes for amazing taste and texture!

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The Cranberry Sauce:

Sauce from a can just can’t compare to Homemade Cranberry Sauce made with fresh cranberries. This recipe takes five minutes, uses only three ingredients and can be made ahead!

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The Potatoes: A Subject of Controversy, So I am Giving You Three!

Some people like them mashed, others prefer a casserole, and still others love au gratin. I will give you all three starting with these Easy Orange and White Gratin Potatoes! Made with both russet and sweet potatoes these make everyone happy. But if mashed is your deal, nothing beats these Decadent Smashed Potatoes! Of course Maple Sweet Potato Casserole is a family favorite too, which ever you choose, happiness will abound.

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The Salad:

If you are bringing the salad this year, bring this Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette. If simple is more your style, try The Organic Kitchen House Salad.

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The Veggie Side Dishes Y’all!

I am all about the Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Hazelnuts this year. But Roasted Carrots with Gremolata or my Grandma Julia’s Green Beans will do nicely too!

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The Bread:

Depending on whether you prefer sweet or savory, you can serve this Cheesy Bread with Herbed Butter or my Buttermilk Biscuits with Orange Pomegranate Butter!

Everything You Need for Your Holiday Feast!

Last But Not Least, Dessert!

When you have had enough of pumpkin and apple pie, it’s time for an incredible cake! We devour this French Cream Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting and Cinnamon Pecans. Special enough for the holidays, simple enough for every day!

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Orange and White Easy Potato Gratin

I love sweet potatoes. My husband loves white potatoes. And neither of us are calling a lawyer because we have found a way to settle our potato relationship woes: Orange and White Gratin Potatoes, the best of both worlds!
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So easy!

Simply slice your potatoes, drench in cream, parmesan, green onion, thyme, sea salt and pepper, and arrange in rows. Then smother with more parmesan, bake, add a generous helping of gruyere, and voila!

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Shave Some Time Off Prep By Using a Mandolin….See What I Did There?

A mandolin is a utensil that shaves veggies into thin slices and it can shave some time off your prep as well. This recipe is pretty quick. But if you want to save about five minutes, use a mandolin! Not only will this give you hands a break, but your slices will be perfectly thin and even.

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The Recipe: Orange and White Gratin Potatoes

Tips and what you need: a mandolin or very sharp knife and 8×12 baking dish. I love Maldon’s Flaked Sea Salt and buy it by the tub to save money.

5 from 19 votes
Orange and White Gratin Potatoes

Creamy, cheesy, crispy potato goodness for any meal or holiday celebrations!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, leaves removed from stems and chopped
  • 6 green onions, sliced thinly, whites and greens separated
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese, separated
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated gruyere
  • 3 large russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced (about 2 1/4 pounds)
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced (about 2 pounds)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and place oven rack in center position

  2. Grab two large bowls. In each bowl place 1 cup cream, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon thyme the white parts and light green parts of onions (half in each bowl) 2-3 generous pinches of sea salt and pepper. Whisk well. Set aside

  3. Using a mandolin or sharp knife, slice potatoes thinly. Place sweet potatoes in one bowl of cream and white in the other bowl. Toss and stir until potatoes are covered with sauce

  4. Arrange slices in baking dish in rows (three white, two orange). I like to lean each row in the opposite direction of the previous row. Pour the cream that remains in each bowl over potatoes. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and some more sea salt and pepper

  5. Cover baking dish with lid or foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil, add grated gruyere to top of potatoes. Bake another 20 minutes until potatoes are soft and cheese is crispy and golden

  6. Garnish with desired amount of greens from onions, serve

 

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Holiday Linzer Cookies

Holiday cookies are like edible art. Especially these beautiful, delicate Holiday Linzer Cookies! Linzer cookies originated in Austria and they are perfect for any holiday or special occasion and are almost too pretty to eat…almost…
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This Stunning Recipe Is Shared by Jovial Foods:

I switched to gluten free living about five months ago and I have not missed gluten at all because there are so many great options these days! Of course this recipe is perfection when made with regular all purpose or einkorn flour, but if gluten free living is your thang, you don’t have to sacrifice taste or texture. I use Gluten Free Jovial Pastry Flour, because it’s the best for baking and works perfectly for these delicate cookies. It’s also soaked for easy digestion!

Baby Showers, Valentine’s Day, Christmas or Thanksgiving These Cookies Work

You can roll out this recipe (see what I did there?) any time you have a celebration: baby or wedding showers, holidays, office parties etc. These cookies are always a favorite and the first to disappear!

Change the Cut Out Depending On the Occasion:

You need two cookie cutters for these cookies. A  2″ fluted cookie cutter for the top and bottom cookies and then another 1″ cookie cutter for the top cookie.

Depending on the occasion you can use a mini heart cookie cutter, a mini flower, circle, star etc…for the “top cookie”.

The Filling:

Simply spoon your favorite preserves onto the bottom cookie, place the cut out cookie on top and sprinkle with powdered sugar!

And Voila!

Beautiful holiday cookies that look like they are lightly dusted with snow.

Tips for “Cutting In” Butter:

If you aren’t familiar with the term “cutting in” butter I can help you out. It’s a technique used whenever you want a flaky result and is often used in cookies or pie crust (<—click for pictures) Butter should be chilled or frozen and cut into small cubes, then tossed in flour and ‘cut in’ with a pasty blender. But you can also use two knives, or even finger tips, creating pea sized bits of butter in the dough that melt into pools of flakiness when baked!

The Recipe: Holiday Linzer Cookies

What you need:  2″ fluted cookie cutters and mini heart cookie cutter, a mini flower, or circle, star etc…for the “top cookie” and a rolling pin. For “cutting in” butter you can use a pasty blender (see tips above) Unbleached parchment is recommended for rolling dough.

5 from 10 votes
Holiday Linzer Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
27 mins
 

Sweet, delicate little cookies with a cut out you can switch up depending on the occasion.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Austrian
Servings: 40 cookies
Author: Jovial Foods
Ingredients
  • cups all purpose, gluten free or einkorn flour I use Jovial Gluten free baking flour
  • 1/4 cup white rice flour
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated organic sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 12 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/4" cubes
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 12 ounce jar raspberry preserves or any flavor you prefer
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar for dusting
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a medium bowl combine the flours, sugar, salt, and cinnamon.

  3. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until the mixture is sandy. Add the egg and knead in the bowl until the dough is smooth. (if you don't have a pastry blender, use two knives to 'cut in' butter or even your finger tips to form pea sized bits of butter in the flour.

  4. Divide the dough in half. Form each half into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  5. Place the first piece of dough in between two pieces of parchment paper, dusting the paper and the top of the dough lightly with flour. Roll the dough to ⅛-inch thick. Using a 2” fluted cookie cutter, cut out rounds. Half of the round will be the base of the cookies. To make the tops, use a 1” cookie cutter to cut out the centers from half of the rounds.Transfer cookies to the baking sheet 1 inch apart. Gather the scraps into a ball, chill for 10 minutes, then roll out again and proceed in cutting equal numbers of bases and tops.

  6. Bake for 12 minutes until the edges begin to brown slightly. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

  7. Continue in the same manner with the remaining piece of dough.

  8. Before serving, spread 1 teaspoon of preserves on the cookie bases. Dust the top of the tops with powdered sugar and place on top of the preserves. Serve immediately.

  9. The unfilled cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days and filled as needed.

 

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Hungarian Meatballs with Cauliflower “Rice”~ Paleo, Whole30, Keto

You all know by now that Sun Basket is my favorite meal delivery service. And that’s because they come up with fantastic meals like these Hungarian Meatballs with Cauliflower “Rice”! Clean eating at it’s best: Paleo, Whole30, and Keto friendly.
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LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS MEAL!

In this one-pan Paleo-Whole30-Keto friendly meal, we serve paprika-spiced pork meatballs with a cauliflower “rice,” dressed up with dried figs and watercress. You may be able to find ‘riced’ cauliflower at your local grocery store. It has become very popular. If not, you can chop your own with a knife, or drop florets in a food processor and give it a whirl!

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The Recipe: Hungarian Meatballs with Cauliflower “Rice”~ Paleo, Whole30, Keto

Tips and what you need: If you can’t find ‘riced’ cauliflower you can make your own using a good knife, or a food processor.

5 from 9 votes
Hungarian Meatballs with Cauliflower “Rice”~ Paleo, Whole30, Keto

In this one-pan Paleo-Whole30-Keto friendly meal, we serve paprika-spiced pork meatballs with a cauliflower “rice,” dressed up with dried figs and watercress. If you can't find cauliflower rice at your market, you can chop raw cauliflower until it resembles rice, or whirl florets in a food processor until 'riced"

Servings: 2 servings
Author: Sun Basket Meal Delivery
Ingredients
  • 10 ounces ground pork
  • 1 organic egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 2 tablespoons almond meal
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil, separated
  • 3-4 organic shallots
  • 1/4 cup dried figs (Optional for keto)
  • 31/2 ounces organic water cress
  • 10 ounses riced cauliflower
Instructions
  1. Prep the meatballs

    Let ground pork rest on paper towels to drain off any excess liquid. Transfer to a plate; pat dry with a paper towel.

    In a medium bowl, using a fork or whisk, blend the egg, spices and almond meal. 

    Add the ground pork, season generously with salt and pepper, and mix until just combined. Using wet hands, form the mixture into 1-inch meatballs.

  2. Cook the meatballs

    In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, warm 1  olive oil until hot but not smoking. 

    Working in batches if needed, add the meatballs and cook, turning once, until browned and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. 

    Transfer to a plate. Add more oil between batches if needed. Wipe out the pan.

    While the meatballs cook, prepare the remaining ingredients.

  3. Prep the remaining ingredients

    Peel and thinly slice the shallots.

    Trim the stems from the figs; coarsely chop the figs.

    Trim the root ends and any coarse stems from the watercress; coarsely chop the watercress.

  4. Cook the cauliflower “rice”

    In the same pan used for the meatballs, warm 1-2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat until hot but not smoking. 

    Add the shallots, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. 

    Add the cauliflower “rice,” season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring frequently, until the cauliflower starts to soften, 2 to 4 minutes.

    Stir in the figs (optional for carb watchers) and cook until starting to soften, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat, stir in the watercress, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

  5. Serve

    Transfer the cauliflower “rice” to individual plates and top with the meatballs. Drizzle with oil, if desired, and serve.

  6. Kids Can!

    Time the meatballs.

    Time the cauliflower “rice.”

    Drizzle oil over the meatballs.

 

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