Hen In A Nest (Roasted Chicken Thighs in a Carrot and Onion Nest)

Hen in a Nest marydukecooks.com

There is nothing more comforting than the smell of chicken roasting in the oven. My daughter’s dog, Gurlie, loves chicken as much as I do and she will sit patiently by the oven door hoping for a bite! I call this recipe Hen in a Nest because the chicken cooks in a nest of carrots and onions. I serve the dish with mashed potatoes and rolls. A perfect meal for any evening. Enjoy!

Hen in a Nest 
(Roasted Chicken Thighs in a Carrot and Onion Nest)

2 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
6 medium chicken thighs
3/4 pound whole carrots; peeled, trimmed, cut in half lengthwise then crosswise in thirds
1 large yellow onion; cut in wedges
1/4 cup fresh thyme sprigs (or 1 tablespoon dried thyme)
Garnish: Fresh Thyme

Preheat oven to 425ºF. In a 12-inch Cast Iron skillet, heat oil over medium high heat until oil ripples. While skillet is heating, Mix salt, pepper, and garlic powder together in a small bowl. Sprinkle both sides of chicken, carrots, and onions with seasoning mix. Set aside.   

When oil is hot, place chicken skin side down in pan. Set timer and cook until golden brown; about 3 minutes. Turn chicken over and cook other side until golden brown; about 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Remove chicken from skillet and place in a large bowl. Remove oil from skillet (pour oil out of skillet or use paper towels). 

Add carrots, onions, and thyme to skillet. Arrange chicken pieces on top of vegetables, skin side up. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh registers 165ºF.  Garnish with additional fresh thyme. Makes 6 servings.

Published in the News and Neighbor on November 4, 2020. 

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