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Roasted Chicken with Celery Root and Onion

A pinch of red-pepper flakes livens up wedges of mellow celery root. Roasting the vegetables along with the chicken means they cook in the drippings -- no oil required.

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  • Servings: 4
Roasted Chicken with Celery Root and Onion

Photography: Romulo Yanes

Source: Everyday Food, December 2011

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken (3 1/2 to 4 pounds), patted dry
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 large red onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges, root end left intact
  • 1 medium celery root (about 1 pound), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 4 teaspoons lemon zest, plus 4 teaspoons lemon juice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Season chicken inside and out with salt and pepper. Tuck wing tips underneath chicken and tie legs together with kitchen twine. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and roast 20 minutes.

  2. Remove sheet from oven and arrange onion and celery root around chicken, turning to coat with drippings. Top vegetables with red-pepper flakes and season with salt and pepper. Roast until vegetables are tender and juices run clear when chicken is pierced between breast and leg (an instant-read thermometer should read 165 degrees when inserted into the thickest part of a thigh, avoiding bone), about 30 minutes, flipping vegetables halfway through. Let chicken rest 10 minutes before carving. To serve, sprinkle chicken and vegetables with lemon zest and juice.

Cook's Note

Lemon Lesson: If you're not using peeled celery root right away, keep it in a bowl of cold water with a squeezed lemon. The acid will prevent the white flesh from browning.

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