Roast Chicken and Vegetables with Almond Pilaf

October 2009
Roast Chicken and Vegetables with Almond Pilaf

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 35 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 5 pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 onions, halved
  • 4 carrots, halved crosswise
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain rice, rinsed
  • 1 2 ounce package  almond slivers (about 1/2 cup), toasted
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees . Arrange the chicken, onions and carrots in an even layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Toss with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast, turning the baking sheet halfway through, until the chicken juices run clear when the chicken is pierced, about 35 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring the rice and 1 1/2 cups salted water to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer until the water is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and let rest, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork, then stir in the almonds and parsley; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a platter, top with the chicken and vegetables and spoon the pan juices on top.
Tip
  • Leave the chicken whole for a special presentation. Roast until the juices run clear, about 1 hour and 15 minutes; add the vegetables during the last 30 minutes.
Tip
  • Make extra rice for a couple of days. Swap in a large pot in Step 2 and use 4 cups rice and 4 cups water. Use about 4 cups cooked rice for tonight and refrigerate the rest.
Tip Save any unused pan juices!
  • Brush onto bread before toasting, use when sauteing vegetables or add to soups.
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