We eat a good amount of chicken in my house. It’s one of the few meals that the munchkin will consistently eat. So when I had a request to write an easy chicken and vegetable recipe, the difficulty wasn’t in coming up with one but narrowing down my favorite! And this buttermilk chicken recipe is definitely one of my favorites.
Even though my culinary background is pretty extensive, during the week I like to cook as simple as I can. Something that is exciting and crave-able but doesn’t have me standing in the kitchen all night. A dish like this Buttermilk Chicken with Lemon Poppy Seed Vegetables ticks all of the boxes and then some. The great thing about this dish, as with most chicken and roasted vegetable recipes, is that it is so versatile. The veggies can change with the seasons or taste preferences. Not a fan of green veggies? Sub with colored cauliflower! Don’t like radishes? No problem! Toss in extra carrots. Don’t have poppy seeds in your pantry? Just leave them out and make a citrus vinaigrette. There are no limitations to this recipe.
And the chicken…. oh man, this is one of my favorite was to prepare chicken. The magical buttermilk transforms the chicken into a juicy, crispy, more flavorful bird with just a couple simple steps. Trust me, you need to try this recipe tonight!
Pro tip: I like to par cook portions of the meal whenever possible. Especially since most home kitchens have only one oven, roasting in stages will produce the best food with little effort. With this recipe, you could throw the chicken and veggies in the oven at the same time (which would still create a delicious meal!) but the moisture from the veggies will prohibit the chicken skin from crisping up nicely. So if you have a little extra time (I sometimes do this 1-2 hours before I even get to the chicken), roast your veggies until they are very al dente, remove from the oven and set aside while you roast the chicken completely. Then, as the chicken rests, you can finish roasting your vegetables! You’ll have super hot and perfectly roasted veggies coming out of the oven just as you’re ready to slice into that juicy and crispy skinned chicken!