Roasted chicken with mixed roots

Like most foodies, I spend a lot of time googling recipes, reading other food blogs, looking at cooking videos on YouTube. If we had a TV I’d spend most of my watching time on the food channel. There are amazing cooks out there, so many ideas, it can be overwhelming. I often plan to try so many things but I end up trying nothing cause I can’t decide where to start.

I recently came across Dani Spies on YouTube. Awesome channel, great simple recipes, very easy to replicate. No complicated ingredients. Just nice! This meal was inspired by her Roast Chicken with Onions & Potatoes.


I like it because everything cooks in one dish. Once it’s in the oven I’m free to catch up on other things or just rest. It was also easy to modify for the local market. She used purple potatoes in her’s which I’ve never seen in the local market, or maybe I just haven’t looked hard enough. I used magimbi/nduma instead.   

I also put the rosemary stems under each piece of chicken, instead chopping and sprinkling over.

chop and have ready
chop potatoes, sweet potatoes, magimbi/nduma and onions into chunky wedges and keep ready
butter dish...
I buttered the dish I used for baking and placed a rosemary stem for every piece of chicken, in a spread out arrangement
place each piece of chicken on top of a rosemary stem
arrange the potatoes and onions, distribute as evenly as possible

Then sprinkle with salt to taste

then add two garlic cloves near each piece of chicken, do not peel them. Stick them all the way in so they touch the bottom
last addition of flavour

I did my juicy topping a little differently. I combined  the following ingredients:
100ml Apple cider vinegar
Juice of half lemon,
Zest of one lemon
50ml vegetable cooking oil
1 teaspoon salt
Few dashes of pepper

Pour the mix in as evenly as possible

place in oven
and there it is, ready  to be placed in the oven

Bake for 1:15 min at 200°C, uncovered on one of the lower trays.

To add some colour, I baked some large slices of tomato and pineapple in one of the upper trays for about 30 min

wanted some colour + steamed some geen beans
chunky tomatoes and pineapples ready for baking, arranged in a buttered dish with a sprinkle of salt

I also steamed some green beans


Everything is so so yummy! It looks dry at the top but it’s very juicy and the chicken it very tender. And the garlic? Just scrumptious, squeezes out like butter and packed with flavour.

these too
these too, very yummy!


hmm hmm
hmm hmm

Served with steamed green beans. Just boiled and salted.

Husband Rating: ★★★★★★★★★½

Oh yes! That good! (^_^)

Plan to try it.  If you do, post a photo and tag me on Twitter or Instagram  with @pendolamama, I would love to see it!

About aika

Making, eating and sharing good food are a splendid way to start, brake and end a day! I post good eats on Life is a feast, eat up!

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