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Herb Marinated Chicken
with cauliflower mash / roasted green beans

Active: 1 hr Total: 1 hr 20 min
In honor of Canadian Thanksgiving, we’re serving up a Thanksgiving-inspired meal. This will take a bit more time than our standard weeknight meals, but offers all the comforts of this classic dinner.
Smarts: If you’re going to celebrate U.S. Thanksgiving this year but need a downsized version, this is a good meal to come back to in November.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Herb Marinated Chicken:
  • Garlic - 4 cloves, diced
  • Oil, cooking - 1/4 cup
  • Lemon juice - 2 Tbsp
  • Italian seasoning - 1 Tbsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Chicken thighs, bone-in and skin on - 4
  • Foil - for baking
Mashed Cauliflower:
  • Cauliflower florets, fresh or frozen - 1 lb
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
Roasted Green Beans:
  • Green beans - 1 lb, trimmed
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
  • Parsley, fresh - 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp

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Prep

  1. Cauliflower (if using fresh) / Green beans / Garlic (for chicken and green beans) / Parsley - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Marinate chicken - Combine garlic (portion for chicken), cooking oil, lemon juice (portion for chicken), Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper in an oven-safe baking dish. Add chicken, turning a few times to coat. Turn chicken so the skin-side is facing up and marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to 1 day. (Note: If you have room in your refrigerator, leaving the dish uncovered will help to dry out the top of the chicken and create a crispier skin.) (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 425F / 218C. Set out two sheet pans. Line one sheet pan with foil.
  2. Transfer chicken thighs to sheet pan with foil (discard marinade), leaving them skin-side up so skin will get crispy in the oven. Bake chicken or 30 to 45 minutes, depending on size (internal temperature should reach 165F / 74C).
  3. Once chicken thighs have been roasting for a few minutes, toss green beans with olive oil, garlic (portion for green beans), and some salt and pepper. Spread out on second sheet pan. Transfer to oven and roast until tender, 20 to 25 minutes, shaking the pan halfway through cooking.
  4. Meanwhile, place cauliflower in a saucepan filled with water. Season water with some salt.
  5. Bring water to a boil and then reduce to a low simmer. Simmer cauliflower for 12 to 15 minutes until it can be easily pierced with a knife. Drain and let sit in a colander for ~5 minutes to let the steam escape.
  6. Use a masher to mash steamed cauliflower with butter, adding some stock or water (not in ingredients list) if needed until creamy and smooth. Season with some salt and pepper.
  7. Toss roasted green beans with parsley and lemon juice (portion for green beans).
  8. Serve chicken with cauliflower mash and green beans on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (42)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (5)
Vegetarian (10)

Most Helpful

The chicken was wonderful and the dressing was out of this world delicious! The rich flavors and the thick eggy texture combined with the crispy top made this dish really rich. I skipped the mash potatoes and served mixed veggies (peas and corn) and it was a meal fit for a special occasion. Here comes Thanksgiving!

By: Kristen
Posted: Oct 15, 2020
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

39 reviews

Made only the chicken. Added a bit more salt to the marinade. Marinated (covered) about 17 hours.

By: Sandra
Posted: Nov 28, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

didnt make the stuffing but the chicken was delicious. wish i had made a side of green beans or something though

By: Brooke
Posted: Nov 16, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Read the reviews and used store bought stuffing instead of making it from scratch. Homemade might have tasted better, but doing from a box meant we could have this on a weeknight. Used our new airfryer for the chicken and it was fantastic. Potatoes were good and my kids ate them until I made the mistake of telling them they had cauliflower.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Nov 10, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I loved this as a Canadian Thanksgiving feast while living in the US. Because we ate it on a Monday night, I did a lot of the prep over the weekend, and I was able to manage it on a weeknight. I LOVED the chicken and the mash. I think I'll go back to the family stuffing recipe. This recipe was a bit off for me (perhaps because I scaled it to 2 servings).

By: Elizabeth
Posted: Nov 07, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I made the three parts of this on separate nights because others said it was labor intensive. I am incorporating the potato/cauliflower mash using frozen riced cauliflower into the menu this year, but keeping our tried and true family favorites for bird and stuffing. I think I might be disowned if I try to mess with Great Grandma's stuffing, ha! ;-)

By: Mackenzie
Posted: Nov 04, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was a fun feast for a special occasion, but it took us a solid 2 hours to make as a team, so definitely not a casual meal.

By: Jenna
Posted: Oct 31, 2020
Diet: Original
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