The perfect pair of sweet and savory, this Roasted Chicken with Potatoes and Fennel is an easy, healthy one-pan meal.
I hate wasting food.
I’ve always been a frugal kind of girl, and having to throw away food because I didn’t use it up in time is extremely hard for me. But when my neighbor dropped off two bulbs of fennel she didn’t want, I was at a loss. I’d never had fennel in a recipe, let alone cooked with it!
For about a week I stared at that fennel every time I opened my fridge, waiting for inspiration to smack me in the face. But instead all that I got was a waft of sweet fennel fragrance, sans inspiration.
Finally I gave up waiting for the inspiration to come and decided to search for it on the trusty ol’ internet. (Always a good idea… right?)
After a few recipes I decided that potatoes were a safe bet to pair with fennel, and what goes better with potatoes than chicken? My husband was not so sure, but I plowed ahead optimistically.
Let me tell you, Roasted Chicken with Potatoes and Fennel was a good choice. only did it make my kitchen smell amazing, the sweet fennel was a wonderful accompaniment to the savory potatoes and chicken!
My doubting husband even agreed it was delish.
And since it only takes a bowl and a pan to whip up, clean-up was minimal, too. Which is always nice for mom!
The Facts on Fennel
In case you’re wondering what fennel is, and why you should even consider roasting it with your chicken and potatoes, let me give you a few stats on it:
- Fennel is a vegetable from the same family as carrots, parsley, dill, and coriander (cilantro).
- Every part of fennel is edible: the bulb, stalks, leaves, and seeds. Yay for no waste!
- Fennel contains histidine, an amino acid helpful in treating anemia.
- Its most active vitamin is C, but it also contains the minerals potassium and folate, as well as the antioxidant flavonoids rutin, quercitin, and kaempferol.
- Fennel stimulates the digestive system, reducing inflammation in the stomach and intestines, and helping our bodies to properly absorb the nutrients in our food.
- Fennel helps keep the levels of cholesterol in the blood stream at a healthy place.
Sounds like a pretty helpful plant, doesn’t it? Besides all the wonderful nutrition fennel provides, it has a delicate, sweet flavor and a wonderful licorice-y aroma.
For this dish I chose to use some nice organic chicken drumsticks I had in the freezer, but you can replace them with any other bone-in chicken you’d like, just note that the baking time may be a little different. And feel free to use less fennel than I did, if you’re chicken… I mean, not sure if you’ll like it.
One-Pan Roasted Chicken with Potatoes and Fennel
- 6 pieces bone-in chicken I used drumsticks
- 6 russet potatoes
- 1 fennel bulb
- 1/2 yellow onion
- 2 tablespoons basil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Slice the potatoes in half, then chop them into 1/2-inch thick pieces.
- Slice the fennel into 1-inch chunks about 1/2 an inch thick.
- Dice the onion.
- In a large bowl, combine everything, stirring until the meat and veggies are evenly coated with the herbs, salt and coconut oil.
- Pour and spread onto a large jellyroll pan (a cookie sheet with sides) and bake for 35 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are tender.
This one pan dish looks great! I love fennel, so I am looking forward to trying this recipe. Pinned & Yummed 🙂 I would love for you to share this at the Sunday Fitness & Food Link-Up at: http://www.marathonsandmotivation.com
Thanks so much for pinning and yumming, Angela! I hope you get a chance to enjoy the dish! I’ll be sure and stop by your party – thanks for the invite! 🙂
Thank you for sharing!! Hope to “see you” again this Sunday at the Link-Up!
Glad to share! 🙂
Jenna @ A Savory Feast
I love this idea! One pan recipes are the best. Less cleanup is always a good thing! Thanks for joining us for the Wednesday Showcase this week.
I agree, Jenna! Anything for fewer dishes. 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by!
CJ Huang | Morsels of Life
Loving this dish! We’ve tried fennel before, but it always came out a bit too strong for us. I’m thinking the potatoes will dilute it out a bit and make it yummier. And one pan meals are just great any day. 🙂
It does have a strong flavor, but one that I think goes well with potatoes. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, CJ!
Love simple recipes like this Raia! Fennel is such a staple roast chicken, partly because of that yummy smells when I put it all in the oven! Thanks so much for sharing this delicious recipe with us on #shinebloghop. Happy to have you again this week 🙂
Glad to share, Maria! It is a wonderful smell. 😉 Thank you so much for stopping by. 🙂
I love one meal dishes and chicken. This sounds so healthy and hearty perfect for any meal. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.
Thanks, Marla! Glad to share. I’m always excited to find one-pan meals, too. 😉
This dish reminds me how much I love fennel!
Thank you !
You’re welcome, Jennifer. 😉 I hope you enjoy the dish!
I have never actually cooked with fennel, but this recipe looks like something I could actually make! Pinning!! Thanks for sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays!
I hope you get a chance to try it, Crystal! It’s super easy. 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by and pinning.
This looks so savory and delicious! I love that you added one of my most favorite flavorful veggies too! Fennel!! I can tell this dish would be an instant hit at my house.
It’s a wonderful way to pair sweet and savory. 🙂 I hope you get a chance to try it, Andrea! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
Raia, this is going to be on my table tomorrow. I am so excited to try it! Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday! I’ll be sure to let you know how much we love it.
April J Harris
I love fennel but I’ve never cooked with it at home as my hubby isn’t keen. Love this delicious one pan recipe- I think I could just keep some aside without the fennel for him 🙂 Sharing. Thank you for bringing this post to the Hearth and Soul Hop.
This dish tastes pretty delicious without the fennel, too. 😉 Thanks for stopping by, April!
Looks positively mouthwatering! I’d say when the inspiration finally hit it was a good one! Thanks for bringing this by to Throwback Thursday! 🙂
Thanks, Mollie! 🙂 Glad to share.
Emma @ FreeFromFarmhouse
I love a good one pot meal like this. It hink it really intensifies the flavours. #freefromfridays
I agree, Emma! I love how the flavors blend and compliment each other. 🙂
What a fun recipe, Raia! Thanks for sharing on Simply Natural Saturdays, I’ve chosen this post as a featured recipe this week!
Thanks so much, Anya! 🙂