If you are fairly confident about carving, it's very festive to carve the chicken at the table. If not, carve it in the kitchen and arrange on a large platter, pour the pan juices over, and garnish with fresh herbs.
Since the potatoes and the chicken bake at the same temperature, they also bake at the same time; just use different oven racks, baking the potatoes on the rack underneath the chicken. When a meat thermometer registers 165 degrees in the thigh, the chicken is done. Uncover the casserole and let it bake a few minutes longer to brown and crisp the top while the chicken rests, covered, to let the juices redistribute. Then call everyone to the table and enjoy your wonderful meal.
Roast Chicken Elegant Dinner Menu
- Rosemary Roasted Nuts
This recipe is a perfect salty nibble to serve to your guests along with sparkling wine as an appetizer.
- Roast Chicken
This super easy recipe only requires one thing of you: a meat thermometer. For safety's sake, the internal temperature must register 165 degrees in the thickest part of the thigh. Let the chicken stand for 10 minutes before carving, then serve with the pan juices.
- Creamy Hash Brown Casserole
This casserole is just plain delicious. It's creamy, cheesy, tender, and meltingly wonderful; the perfect complement to roast chicken.
- Tender Asparagus
Fresh asparagus is pretty easy to find this time of year. If you can't find any that looks good, just substitute frozen asparagus (not canned!) and follow the package directions for cooking.
- Crusty Mini-Loaves
Place one of these mini loaves on a bread board with a serrated knife for two people; then let them cut their own slices.
- Fresh Fruit Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
Use the best and most beautiful fresh fruits you can find in this gorgeous salad.
- Raspberry Walnut Torte
I've given you two versions of this recipe; one is two-layer and easier, the other is a four-layer beauty. Whichever you choose to make, they are spectacular!