Company Baked Chicken Breasts and Roasted Vegetables
2 lb bag of whole carrots, peeled (normal size, not crazy, huge ones)
Zucchini, sliced lengthwise into quarters, about size to eight medium-sized ones
6 chicken breasts, 4 ounces each (palm size portion, not crazy, hormone-induced size)
red pepper flakes
1 1/2 cups cooked beets (I buy precooked, ready to go ones in the vegetable section)
1 cup unsalted, no sugar chicken bone broth (I find this at my local grocery store)
1 tsp minced garlic
2 tbsp chopped onion
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground ginger
- Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
- Lightly coat the carrots with olive oil and place into a large oven proof pan which will hold the carrots in a single layer with space left for the zucchini to be added.
- Roast for 10-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the carrots.
- Remove the pan, stir the carrots, lightly coat the zucchini quarters in olive oil, and add them to the pan.
- Roast for 5 minutes, remove the pan and stir, adding onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, tarragon, red pepper flakes and black pepper – all to your liking.
- Roast for another 5 minutes and arrange the vegetables on an oven safe, serving platter, and set aside. Turn the heat down to 450 degrees.
- While the vegetables are roasting in the oven, line a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper and lightly brush olive oil on both sides of the chicken breasts. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken breasts with the onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, tarragon, red pepper flakes and black pepper – to your taste and liking.
- Cover the chicken breasts with another piece of parchment paper, tucking the ends in around the chicken into the pan.
- Bake the chicken for 15 minutes.
- Remove the chicken from the oven and let it sit, exactly as it is with the parchment covering it, and turn down the heat to 300 degrees. Let the chicken sit for 10 minutes to reabsorb its juices.
- Put the veggies which have been transferred to an oven safe serving platter into the oven to finish cooking while the chicken sits for the 10 minutes.
- While the chicken breasts are resting and the veggies are finishing, put the cooked beets into a blender with the bone broth, garlic, onions, cumin and ginger, and puree until completely smooth.
- Pour the sauce into a microwave safe, serving pitcher, and microwave for a minute at a time until the sauce is warm.
- After the 10 minute resting time, remove the parchment paper from the chicken, remove the veggie platter from the oven, and serve both with the warmed beet sauce.