Roasted Chicken with Cauliflower & Turnips
with chimichurri sauce
Smarts: You can make chimichurri sauce whenever you have some leftover parsley and / or cilantro. The proportions don't have to be perfect - it will still be delicious!
- Chicken thighs, with skin & bone-in - 4 ((or sub two boneless, skinless breasts for a lower-fat alternative))
- Cauliflower - 1 head, chopped
- Turnips - 1, chopped ((~3/4 lb))
- Cooking oil - 1 Tbsp + 3 Tbsp
- Homemade chimichurri sauce - 1/4 cup + 1/4 cup ((ingredients listed separately))
- Lemon - 1/2, juice of
- Salt and pepper - to taste
- Cilantro - 1 bunch, bottom stems chopped off (feel free to mix in some parsley too)
- Garlic - 2 cloves
- Shallots, small - 1 bulb
- Capers - 2 Tbsp
- Red wine vinegar - 1 Tbsp
- Lime - 1, juice of
- Salt - 3/4 tsp
- Oil, cooking - 2/3 cup (plus more as needed)
- Heat oven to 500F (260C) degrees. Adjust racks, so one is in the middle and one is on the top.
- Spread cauliflower and turnips out onto a sheet pan and cover tightly with foil. Start by steaming vegetables for 8 minutes on the top rack.
- While vegetables are steaming, heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add first part of cooking oil and sear chicken on both sides for 3 minutes each. Remove from heat.
- Take veggies out of the oven and turn oven down to 450F (232C) degrees. Remove foil and divide veggies between two sheet pans. You want to make sure they’re not crowded so they roast and caramelize correctly. Toss veggies with second part of cooking oil.
- Place chicken on one of the sheet pans (you can place them right on veggies). Roast for another 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken reaches 165F (74C) degrees.
- While veggies are roasting, make chimichurri sauce (this makes enough for two nights). In a blender or a food processor, combine cilantro, garlic, shallot, capers, red wine vinegar, lime juice, salt, and oil. Add more oil if it’s too thick. Season to taste with salt or more lime juice. Reserve 1/3 cup (79 ml) (enough for 4 servings; adjust accordingly for a different serving size) for tomorrow night’s dinner. (This can also be done up to 5 days ahead)
- When chicken and veggies are done, remove chicken and toss with first part of chimichurri (make sure you’ve set aside tomorrow night’s portion - about 1/3 cup (or 79ml)). Finish with lemon juice and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Enjoy chicken with remainder of the chimichurri and veggies on the side.
This sauce was AMAZING, I used apple cider vinegar and no shallots or capers. I also used this sauce on chicken tenders rather than thighs, I marinaded it for about an hour and then grilled them for about 8 minutes on med-high heat. BEST grilled chicken I've ever made!!!!0 Helpful
Thus was really good. However, adding the panko at the end was a little strange. They came out softly covered instead of a nice crunch. The vegetables were great and the kids liked the cauliflower.0 Helpful
The Chimichurri Sauce was delectable, freezing the left over sauce and going to try the recipe with chicken breasts.0 Helpful
Just wonderful...an assortment of flavors for the palate...loved it! I did both dark and white meat since we have fans of both. I also warmed the sauce...not a fan of cold sauce on warm meat.0 Helpful
New favorite!0 Helpful
Would not repeat the chimichurri sauce.0 Helpful