Ina Garten’s ‘Perfect’ One-Pan Recipe for Spring: ‘Dinner Couldn’t Be Any Easier’

Ina Garten gives one of her classic recipes a spin for spring, adding seasonal vegetables for the “perfect one-pan dinner.” She posted a photo of roast chicken with spring vegetables on Instagram and it couldn’t be easier to make.

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Ina Garten’s roast chicken with spring vegetables is a ‘perfect one-pan dinner’

On April 21, Garten shared a photo of her roast chicken with vegetables on Instagram.

“It doesn’t have to be Friday night to make Roast Chicken with Spring Vegetables! It’s the perfect one-pan dinner,” she wrote in the caption. “Put the chicken, vegetables, and herbs in the oven and add the asparagus for the last 10 minutes. Dinner couldn’t be easier than that! Recipe link in profile. #GoToDinners.”

Garten’s “GoToDinners” hashtag hints that she will include this recipe in her upcoming book, which she teased in a March 21 Instagram post.

“Cooking during the pandemic got pretty crazy, even for me, so I devised all kinds of ways to get dinner on the table with the least amount of stress,” she explained in the caption. “My new book GO-TO DINNERS is a collection of easy, make ahead, prep ahead, freeze ahead, and simply assembled recipes that you’ll want to make over and over again. Available in October, 2022. Preorder with booksellers everywhere.”

The Barefoot Contessa star showed off the cookbook’s cover, with the Food Network host smiling and holding a glass of wine while standing by her roast chicken and veggies on a platter.

How to make Ina Garten’s roast chicken with spring vegetables

Garten is well-known for her delicious roast chicken (which is often called engagement chicken for its magical powers). The recipe is easy to pull together and, once it’s in the oven, there’s plenty of time to relax while it cooks.

Garten pats the chicken dry and places it in a roasting pan then sprinkles the cavity with salt and stuffs it with lemon and sprigs of thyme and rosemary. She ties the chicken legs together with string, tucks the wings underneath, and brushes the outside with butter. She sprinkles generously with salt and pepper.

For the vegetables, Garten combines carrots, potatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper, then adds the vegetables to the pan and adds sprigs of thyme and rosemary.

She roasts the meal in a 425 degree Fahrenheit oven for 20 minutes, reduces the heat to 350 degrees, and roasts it for 40 to 50 minutes, tossing the vegetables occasionally.

When the chicken breast reaches 165 degrees and the thigh is 175 degrees, she moves the chicken to a carving board and lets it rest, covered loosely with aluminum foil.

Garten tosses asparagus with the vegetables in the pan and roasts the veggies for 10 to 12 minutes.

The full recipe is available on the Barefoot Contessa website.

Garten’s fans love her roast chicken recipe

Garten’s Instagram followers heaped on the praise for Garten’s famous roast chicken, with comments like, “One of my all-time favorite meals,” “We make your roast chicken all the time, it’s perfect!,” Delicious! One of my favorite meals,” and “One of my favorite dishes for eternity!”

Another follower noted, “It is my go-to Sunday dinner meal with a bottle of good wine and fresh bread with butter. Mmm.”

Other followers shared how her roast chicken is a foolproof recipe. Comments included, “This is the best recipe ever!,” “I’ve made your engagement chicken countless times. Always delicious,” and “I made your roast chicken many many times. So delicious easy to make.”

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