Why do I call this the Night "One" dinner? Because in the Voss house we are attempting to spread a buck as far as it will go. Every so often, Safeway has a BOGO sale on whole chickens. So of course I get 2 and freeze one. (On a side note, getting a small stand up freezer has been an awesome way for us to buy meat in bulk and freezing it in family size quantities. Oh, and saving major $$$ on our monthly food bill) Sooooo, on the first night, we do baked chicken. Super easy, and there's always a ton of chicken left over.
1 whole chicken (we typically get a 5 pounder, approx.)
1 large onion
2 potatoes (I use all kinds - russet, white, etc.)
Dash of the following (to taste): beaumonde, pepper, oregano
Preheat oven to 350.
Gut the chicken of its innards and place in a large Pyrex baking dish. Chop potatoes and onions into large chunks and place around chicken. Be careful not to cut the onions too small, or separate the chunks into separate pieces (hopefully that makes sense) because then they either turn to complete mush, or they burn. Either way, yuck. Season with Beaudmonde, pepper, and oregano over chicken, potatoes, and onions.
Bake for approx. 1.5 hours, removing from oven once (around halfway point) to briefly stir juices around the potatoes and onions.
***I know some use the leftover chicken for soup (see fantastic recipe for Mama Leone's chicken soup) but we typically use our leftover chicken for enchiladas the next night. Recipe is on my blog...