Not being one to waste oven energy (it does, after all, cost about $0.50/hour to run your oven), I almost always throw a veggie in with or next to the chicken. If it's with the chicken, I get the added bonus of the chicken's sauce also flavoring the veggies. After baking, all I usually do is add a salad and the meal is complete.
Fresh pieces of chicken cooks in about 45 minutes at 400 degrees. Fully frozen chicken pieces can take up to an hour and a half in the oven, depending on the cut. A whole fresh chicken will roast at 350 for a couple of hours, give or take. Here are some primal veggies that you can throw in with your chicken to kill (har) two birds with one stone.
Making fresh chicken - oven to be on 45-60 minutes:
- Brussels sprouts (make sure to marinate or drizzle very well so that leaves don't completely wither while crisping)
- Carrots/baby carrots
- Chunks of sweet potato, cubed about 1/2" around (add cinnamon!)
- Cauliflower, drizzled with coconut oil and garam masala (or just curry)
- Asparagus (for the last 15-20 minutes, in a pan of its own)
- Plantains (add butter and cinnamon!) - just bake them a little longer since there's less heat, or take the chicken out and broil the plantains to golden brown
- Turnips - see turnip seasoning suggestions here, I want to try it!
- Whole sweet potatoes, small to medium, wrapped in foil in a pan of their own
- Squashes of all kinds (you could blend with coconut milk or cream and spices after the slow bake for a tasty side soup)
- Beets (I haven't tried this yet, but I should give it a shot soon!)
1-2 lbs. chicken (I used chicken thigh fillets here)
Brussels sprouts (I had about 2 cups here)
1/4 cup orange juice (or citrus juice of choice)
1/4 cup avocado oil (or oil of choice)
1/2 cup tamari (wheat-free soy sauce)
Directions:Preheat oven to 400 F.
Lay the chicken pieces and the brussels sprouts together in a large baking dish. Drizzle just enough OJ to moisten the chicken and veggies (no need to dump it in - just use your intuition and use as little as possible since this is a high-fructose proposition).
Drizzle avocado oil generously over all, and follow this with the tamari.
Bake uncovered at 400 F for about 45 minutes, turning chicken pieces and brussels sprouts once or twice during the time in the oven - this ensures that the delicious sauce gets all over your victuals.