Chicken Roasted on a Bed of Vegetables – The Perfect One-Pot Meal

Chicken Roasted on a Bed of Vegetables
This roast chicken dish is a staple in my house and was one of Wishful Chefโ€™s most popular recipes of 2012. I make it quite often because it’s simple, incredibly easy to prepare and the perfect one-pot meal! See the original recipe with updated images below.

When I’m busy at work, all I can think of is having a satisfying dinner and a glass of wine at the end of the day. For me, roast chicken is one of those satisfying meals. This one-pot dish is pure comfort from start to finish, even the prep work of chopping vegetables calms me down somehow. I just know I’m going to have a delicious meal.

I made this with a few basic vegetables I had on hand: onions, garlic, carrots and celery (broccoli also works). I chopped the veggies into rustic bite-size pieces and added olive oil, balsamic vinegar, herbs and spices, then topped with herbed chicken pieces. I like using chicken drumsticks and thighs but most other parts should work as well.

Chop vegetables & place at the bottom of a baking dish. Sprinkle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper & herbs.

Rub olive oil, salt, pepper and herbs on chicken pieces and place on top of vegetables. Bake for about an hour.

Chicken Roasted on a Bed of Vegetables

Chicken Roasted on a Bed of Vegetables

Chicken Roasted on a Bed of Vegetables Recipe

  • 2 pounds chicken thighs and drumsticks
  • a mix of vegetables (like onions, garlic, carrots, celery, potatoes and/or broccoli)
  • olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • fresh parsley, chopped
  • dried herbs (thyme, rosemary, oregano)

Heat the oven to 425ยฐF.

Wash and prep your preferred vegetables and cut into bite-sized pieces. Make a bed for the chicken pieces by arranging the vegetables on the bottom of a baking dish. Sprinkle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and herbs.

Rub the chicken drumsticks and thighs with olive oil. Sprinkle the chicken pieces generously with salt and pepper and place on top of vegetables.

Bake for an hour or until chicken is done. Let the chicken pieces rest on a serving platter. Mix vegetables in the baking dish and roast 5-10 minutes longer if needed. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

Total Time: 75-85 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings
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  1. May says

    Hi! Can i omit the balsmanic vinegar? (poor uni student who has never come across the usage of balsmanic vinegar)

    • says

      Hi May – Definitely, you can try it out without balsamic. It adds some nice sweetness though, so you might wanna invest in some for future recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Kay says

    I made the Roast Chicken on a bed of Veggies last night. Everybody raved over the dish, thank you. I just found your website and have made almond milk also, YUMMY,

    • says

      Thanks so much Kay ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy the dish was a success!

      Btw, how did you make the almond milk? What blender did you use and did you strain your milk before serving?

      • Kay says

        Hi Barb, I used a Blendtec to blend the almonds. Next time I will add a touch of vanilla along with the dates. I will be drinking this milk for the rest of my life. I have a bed and breakfast in central PA and am devouring your dishes. Thanl you, Kay

  3. Jolie says

    This was such an easy and delicious dish to make. I just made a few changes here and there such as adding a few cloves of garlic in with the veggies and since I didn’t have balsamic vinegar at home, I used honey, soy sauce, and white vinegar instead. Thanks for this recipe!

    • says

      Awesome, I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe! It’s quite a versatile dish and you can substitute different ingredients. Thanks so much for reporting back ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. jhoann says

    Wow!I just discover this site…and this is what I am making tonight for my employer’s dinner…I read about you .Ms.Barb. .and you are a Filipino…and me too. I think I’ll be one of your visitor here in your site from now on…I’ll see what’s the comment for tonight’s dinner..thank you! I was impressed for a lovely photo of your food…

    • says

      Salamat!! Let me know how the chicken turns out for your dinner. Thanks for your nice comment and hope to see you again on my site soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. matt says

    Awesome dish! Just finished putting it in the oven. .. can’t wait for the girlfriend to get home and try it out . Thanks for the recipe.

    • says

      Hi Sarah – Hmm, I never made this recipe with boneless chicken breast before so I’m not really sure if it will be dry. But if you do try it I’d suggest checking the temperature with a meat thermometer halfway through cooking.

        • says

          Hi Angela – I would try it! I’m sure bone in chicken breast would taste great, but as I suggested above, check the temperature so the meat doesn’t get too dry. Let me know how it turns out ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Tracy says

    So happy I came across your recipe for roasted chicken drumsticks with veggies Its in the oven now, smells heavenly!!!!! Can’t wait to eat it. Lol

  7. Liz says

    Just made this and it’s delicious and so easy! I added some butter mixed with the herbs between the skin and the meat to make it extra juicy. Great meal!

  8. Carmen says

    This turned out fantastic! We used Italian seasoning since we had it on our spice rack and I think it helped pull the dish together nicely. My husband and I haven’t had roasted chicken and veggies since we were younger, so we were excited about this dish. Like in an earlier post from someone else, I might throw in some sweet potatoes next time.

    • says

      Thanks for posting a follow-up comment, Carmen. I’m so happy you both enjoyed this dish! I’m sure the sweet potatoes will taste great next time..

  9. Amy says

    Major amateur cook right here but this looks easy enough for me to pull off! Just one quick question, do you cover the dish with tinfoil while you cook it?

    • says

      Hi Amy – Sorry for the late response! No, you don’t need to cover the dish with foil when baking. Good luck and let me know how the recipe turns out.

  10. Whitney says

    Just put this recipe in the oven. I added butter and herb mixture to the skin on the chicken. It smells amazing! I have bookmarked your site for future recipes!!

  11. Cassandra says

    Just made this for dinner! Amazing, and so freaking easy! I also added whole brussel sprouts (frozen from Trader Joe’s) and they came out perfect! Thanks for a great easy and healthy recipe!

      • Gisela Klar says

        I use whatever veggies I have in the house. Today I’m trying cauliflower, last time I used Brussels sprouts(together with the other veggies in the recipe). We all love it, for casual family dinners and for entertaining friends. Thank you

  12. Laura J says

    I have really enjoyed seeing everyones take on this dish, especially the herbed butter under the skin and using brusselI sprouts! I make this dish almost weekly, using fresh green beans, fat baby carrots, potatoes, and chicken leg quarters. Always a hit.

  13. Carolyn says

    I used zucchini, yellow squash, sweet potato and the other vegetables (red onions, garlic, red, yellow and orange peppers, celery). I forgot the tomatoes though, maybe next time. I also used boneless, skinless chicken breasts that I cut in half lengthwise, and covered my roasting pan with foil. I then removed the foil the last 20 minutes. It was great. I can’t stop thinking about it. Thank you very much.

  14. Amanda D. says

    Thanks so much for this recipe!! I live at home with my parents (24 years old) and have never really prepped and cooked a nice meal..I never got into learning how for some reason. This recipe was so easy and fun to make. I’ll be eating this all weekend for my long 12 hour days at work Friday-Monday!! Feeling so proud of myself hehe

  15. Victoria says

    We LOVE this recipe. I’ve made it several times. Today I’ve added sweet potatoes and marinades artichokes! Yum! Thanks so much for this recipe! I’m no longer afraid of drumsticks and thighs! Hahah

  16. Sue says

    Awesome recipe! This has become one of my go to dishes. Easy to make, tastes wonderful, and is good for you. What an amazing combination. My husband loves it too. Thank you!

  17. Maggie says

    Wow…needed a fast and easy recipe for our family dinner since I was going on day three of a major migraine. SO easy! SO delicious!! The balsamic vinegar seasoning made for an incredible “sauce”. THANK YOU! and now even my headache is gone.

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