Sunday Roast Chicken and Winter Sides

Sunday is a good day to roast a chicken, the smell permeates the air and all is good. There are virtually thousands of ways to roast a chicken and we all have our favorites, mine will always consist of fresh herbs like thyme and rosemary, lemon, and roasted heads of garlic, the sweet garlicy pulp gets smeared all over your chicken or you can use it in your pan gravy, amazing!
But no matter how you cook up your chicken, your going to need some sides to go along with it.
The following are some sides I made throughout the fall and winter but never posted, they’re great not only with chicken but with any cut of meat. Some I saw in a magazine and tried, and some my own, either way you’ll love the taste!

Green Beans and Walnuts with Lemon Vinaigrette. Whisk together 2 tablespoons of shallots, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, 1/3 cup of olive oil and the juice of one lemon. Pour over 1 pound of cooked green beans that are still warm, season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Garnish with 2/3 cup of coarsely chopped toasted walnuts and lemon zest.

Thyme Roasted Apples and Onions with Cider Glaze. Reduced down apple cider makes a syrupy sweet glaze that flavors and coats the apples and onions perfectly, this goes great with pork!
This can be done a day ahead. Boil and reduce 4 cups of apple cider for around 1/2 an hour, then whisk in 5 tablespoons of butter, and 1 teaspoon of salt.

Toss apples and onions in a bowl along with fresh thyme and some of the glaze, place in a shallow baking dish and roast at 425F. The last 10 minutes of roasting raise the temperature to 475F, pour the rest of the glaze all over, add more thyme, cook till fork tender but not mushy.

Fontina Stuffed Sweet Red Peppers. I don’t know the proper name of these peppers, but they are very thin fleshed and really long, like 5 or 6 inches. I love them and they make a quick side dish for chicken or pork cutlets or any type of grilled meat, and they look pretty too! Carefully cut the pepper lengthwise, take out the seeds, place on a baking sheet and roast at 400F until slightly tender, they don’t take very long to cook. Remove from oven and place your fontina cheese inside, back in the oven till melted. Garnish with sliced kalamata olives and fresh chopped parsley.

Enjoy your weekend!
Buon Appetito

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  1. Canadian living in Hungary here 🙂 Those look like Sweet Hungarian Paprikas to me… I might be wrong. Whatever name they have they look DELISH!

  2. I don’t know where to begin Marie – with that perfectly roasted chicken? with those beautifully browned onions? With those peppers that are photographed so professionally they make me want to eat the screen? I’ll take them all. What time is Sunday dinner? I might be able to get a flight in time.

  3. Can I have all of these sides with my roast chicken please:D

  4. Marie,

    I’m so glad I found your blog, being a proud Italian cook myself. Your pictures are great; they look like they belong in a magazine.

  5. Marie, thank you so much for sharing these fabulous side dishes. What great ideas! The thyme roasted apples and onions will be great with my pork tenderloin tonight. Oh, and the photos are just gorgeous!

  6. Great selection of sides. I could have that stuffed pepper with a hunk of crusty bread and a glass of wine and call it a meal!

  7. What a spectacular meal! It is hard to beat a good roast chicken, but your side dishes are incredibly creative and sound delicious.

    Many thanks….

  8. Those peppers look amazing Marie… I have to try them. You’re right.. Sunday is a great day to roast a chicken or just cook all day. Especially with the weather we’ve been having!

  9. Your roast chicken looks perfect!! I love the smell of chicken roasting in the oven. The sides are fantastic too – fontina stuffed peppers sound so good!

  10. Your winter side dishes cheer me up from all the snow we got here in NYC! 🙂 Thanks for sharing such delicious recipes!

  11. Marie, the whole menu has me drooling. LOVE the caramel of the apples. the stuffed peppers are new to me but I’d love to have a taste.
    Beautiful, as always.

  12. Everything looks very nice. With such an array of side dishes, one forgets about winter and bad weather.

  13. You know I roast a bird weekly.
    I love the apple and onion side, must try that one!
    Have a happy Sunday.

  14. Wow! This is my kind-a cookin!Would you believe I was planning on Roast Chicken for tomorrow’s Sunday dinner? -It’s one of my favorite meals. I’ve never tried a cider glaze before but know it must be good. These are some good ideas for side dishes – am definitely going to try these. Thanks!

  15. I love,love,love those peppers. I covet them.I will make them. Soon. Your chicken is exquisite – I love boiling down cider – it is the sweetest, fruitiest glaze. I love visiting here. I also know I can get a one-way ticket to Chicago from Minneapolis for $49. Happy Sunday Dinner!

  16. Roasted chicken is definitely the quintessential Sunday dinner food. The sides look fantastic…I am especially loving the apple/onion one!

  17. So excited i found your blog…can’t wait to go through all your recipes. Your chicken looks amazing…nothing better then roasted chicken on Sunday afternoon.

  18. Often the sides are my favorite part of the meal. I wish I could sample them all with your perfectly roasted chicken. Delicious!

  19. Your chicken looks amazing!

  20. This is the perfect Sunday dinner, Marie! I can almost smell the tantalizing aromas that must have bene in your kitchen.

    I’m a pepper fan so I’d especially love those fontina stiffed red peppers as my side! Yummy!

  21. great pictures…I’m loving the fontina stuffed peppers

  22. I think I will leap at those stuffed peppers first and then the chicken……Wonderful meal!!!

  23. Marie! My God! The apples and the peppers! I think you just made my Monday night dinner a million times better.

  24. Marie your description of the chicken preparations is making my mouth water! And your apples and onions.. wow, I have never had anything like this combination! It is Bon Appetit worthy and your photo can definitely grace there pages too!! 🙂 xoxo

  25. Oh, Marie those thyme-roasted apples and onions have my mouth watering. Making your veggie ribbon pasta tonight and can’t wait!

  26. What a beautiful meal, Marie, a veritable feast for the eyes. I’ll take seconds of those stuffed peppers, please. 🙂

  27. As a Spaniard this is definately my idea of the best Sunday lunch in hte world.

  28. I’m still drooling over those roasted apples and onions. Hope to make those soon! But in reference to my earlier comment, I made the veggie ribbon pasta last night and It was awesome! People must try this one. So light and flavorful! The lemon and garlic are dynamite together. Thanks for that one, Marie!

  29. Where is the recipe for the chicken. It all looks amazing!!!!!

  30. An amazing feast mmmmmm!

  31. I love roasted chicken. Your stuffed red peppers look amazing!

  32. Roasted chicken is my ultimate comfort food. Your sides are definitely not the commonplace ones I often use. You really look like you had fun with them. Those apples would also be great at Thanksgiving with the turkey.

  33. I’ve never seen peppers prepared quite like that, looks just amazing!

  34. The stuffed pepper looks so yummy. Now that I got my power back I might make it tonight.

  35. The stuffed sweet red peppers looks so nice and delicious! This is a must try for me.