Hello October One Dish Meal – “Garlic Roasted Chicken & Root Vegetables”


The best meals are the most simple. They are effortless & comforting in both their preparation and presentation.  Root vegetables…potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic…all roasted along side a small plump chicken…scented with fresh thyme leaves…salted & peppered…cooked in one dish so that all the juices intermingle is one of my favorite meals of this season.

A couple of things of note….Hello October my favortite month and right after my printable recipes I am now adding a section for “sources”…where to find some of the fun things you might see here at Food on Fifth from props to kitchen tools. Let me know what you think.

The vegetables came from the Downtown Nashville Farmer’s Market and the small, plump chicken from my CSA, Fresh Harvest. I buy a few of these organic chickens at one time and  keep them in my freezer so I always have them on hand.


Well….you can’t, can you?


After lightly browning on both sides in some olive oil on top of the stove, I sprinkle lots of chopped garlic over the top, snuggle the potatoes, onions & carrots around the chicken, add a generous grinding of black pepper, fresh thyme leaves and sea salt and it is ready for the oven.


An hour or so later, golden brown crispy skin, just right softened vegetables & more thyme and our dinner is ready.  A glass of wine and some good crusty bread for sopping the juices…Bring it on October! Make every meal count.

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iphone image with wine and bread and our one dish dinner.


(quote from the Chicken Little book)


Garlic Roasted Chicken and Root Vegetables

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • One 2-3 lb chicken, organic preferred
  • olive oil
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh garlic
  • 8 small red potatoes
  • 4 carrots, trimmed & peeled
  • 2 red onions, chopped in large pieces
  • fresh thyme sprigs & leaves
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Freshly ground black pepper and sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Rinse and pat roasting hen dry inside and out.
  3. Heat olive oil in a pan that can go from stove top to the oven for roasting. Brown the hen on the top and bottom. Turn heat off.
  4. Pat the minced garlic and thyme leaves onto the hen.
  5. Snuggle the vegetables around the hen. Sprinkle over all with a generous amount of black pepper and sea salt.
  6. Pour 1/2 cup water into the pan. Roast for 1 1/2 hour or until the juices from the hen run clear and the root vegetables are cooked al dente soft. Garnish with thyme sprigs.
  7. Serve chicken pieces & vegetables in a bowl with some of the juices, a good crusty baguette for sopping and a glass of decent wine for optimum contentment.

 Making good stuff you see here easy to find:

All-Clad Pan Sauteuse – From Stove-top to Oven – Sur la Table, Williams Sonoma, Macy’s

Mid Century Silver Plate Serving Fork – Nashville Flea Market

Wooden Handle Knife – West Elm, Schmidt Brothers

Flatware, White Bowl, Tablecloth, Wine Glass – Food on Fifth prop collection

“You Can’t Eat Money” Artwork by C.M.L.

39 thoughts on “Hello October One Dish Meal – “Garlic Roasted Chicken & Root Vegetables”

  1. This type of meal truly speaks to the core of my being. Those were the kind of meals that we were raised on and some of the best comfort food I run to during the cooler months. lovely post Teresa.

  2. I am big on chicken one pots too, though my son often queries the lack of gravy (I just cannot do that packet thing) but realises that the flavours make up for it. I love the simplicity of your combination and no you can’t!! Lovely to see where you get everything from even if I can’t shop there myself x

  3. Oh wow, Teresa. This looks absolutely amazing and it sounds like it couldn’t be easier.
    You can’t eat money and you don’t have to if you have a meal like this in front of you. It’s nearly dinner time and I’m craving this now thanks to your awesome photos. I’ll have to settle with Cambodian food though… 🙂
    Have a lovely day! 🙂

  4. This looks so good! More so than any other veggie, I am very picky about the types of carrots I eat. I always buy them at some of the fresh, organic markets around here; although they’re ridiculously expensive at 6.99 a pound.

    1. Yes you are so right about organic vegetables…so expensive aren’t they. I grow a few every spring but not as many as I would like to. 6.99 a lb is pretty steep. Thanks for your incite.

    1. Nancy and Jill, thanks for stopping by and yes a lil roast chicken is just the best and with some veggies you have everything you need for a great simple meal. Love your version Nance.

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