Inspired by Damn Delicious' One Pan Roasted Chicken with Fall Vegetables. An easy roasted chicken dish that can be served for a large party or cut down for an easy weeknight meal.
Prior to prepping the chicken, cut the sweet potatoes into small-medium sized chunks. I basically cut each sweet potato in half lengthwise and then cut them into small pieces from there. Additionally, slice the onion into strips.
Coat the vegetables with 3 tbsp olive oil, 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, and the crushed garlic. I like putting everything into large ziplock bags and then shaking it up so the vegetables are coated evenly. Set these aside for later.
Crush the garlic. I like using this garlic crusher by Oxo. It's great because you can put it in a dishwasher.
Preheat oven to 500 degrees. As an initial step to roasting the chicken - put the chicken in at this high temperature so the skin can start browning nicely. Do this for about 5-10 minutes. If you live in an apartment like I do - you will probably set off your smoke alarm. This happened to me and I had a minor freak out!
Brush each piece of chicken with olive oil.
Season with the dried herbs, salt, and pepper.
Top with a small piece of butter. Since I had 8 pieces of chicken, I used 2 tbsp of butter and quartered each tbsp. I put each quarter on one piece of chicken.
Place chicken onto roasting pans and in oven at 500 degrees for 5-10 minutes only. Watch it carefully during this time period. I like these roasting pans as they are safe to go into oven temperatures up to 500 degrees.
After this initial step is taken, turn down oven temperature to 350 degrees and add in the vegetables. Roast the chicken with the vegetables until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees on a meat thermometer. I like this no frills Weber thermometer. Remember - do not leave it in the oven to monitor the temperature. You may laugh that I'm noting this, but when I first starting cooking meat more frequently - this was something I googled! Also make sure to put the thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken. It took about 1 hour to finish the chicken and vegetables in my oven.