Citrus Thyme Grill Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

By Jodee Weiland

I recently purchased a mesh roasting pan. This mesh basket can be used on a gas grill for roasted chicken and vegetables. I couldn’t wait to try it. So once it was delivered, I decided to do just that, a grill roasted chicken and vegetables. It turned out fabulous, and I am so happy I made this purchase. My Citrus Thyme Grill Roasted Chicken and Vegetables was delicious, and I felt the mesh basket made it easier to do!

I used fresh limes and thyme from my garden to season the chicken with a few additional seasonings. The roasted vegetables were cleaned and cut while the chicken began to cook on the grill. I then put extra virgin olive oil on all my vegetables which I seasoned with garlic, onion, sea salt, and ground black pepper to taste. I placed the vegetables in the mesh basket along the sides of the chicken during the last five to ten minutes, making sure they did not overcook. The result of this adventure in grilling was a wonderful dinner that was both delicious and healthy!

http://learnfromyesterday.comCitrus Thyme Grill Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

7 to 8 pound roasting chicken whole
Fresh thyme (small bunch)
4 to 5 fresh limes halved
Garlic powder to taste
Onion powder to taste
Parsley to taste
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Extra virgin olive oil (enough to coat the entire chicken and vegetables)
2 bell peppers (orange and yellow) each cut in four pieces with seeds removed
1 white onion cut four pieces
1 to 2 zucchinis washed and sliced with skin on in half in wide slices

Prepare the gas grill by heating to about 375 degrees, medium indirect heat. Prepare the chicken by rinsing it and removing extra pieces inside the chicken cavity. Once done, cut two limes in half and place the halves in the cavity with a small bunch of thyme tied together with twine. Brush olive oil liberally over the entire outer surface of the chicken. Then tie the legs together with twine. Squeeze the juice of one lime over the chicken. Place the chicken in the center of the mesh roasting pan/basket. Then sprinkle the chicken with garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, ground black pepper, and parsley to taste. When done, place the basket on the racks of the gas barbecue grill. While cooking prepare the cut up vegetables by coating them with olive oil, and then seasoning them with garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, and black pepper to taste.

My chicken cooked a little over two hours over the medium indirect heat, but we opened the lid several times for pictures. Times may vary, so use a meat thermometer to check on whether the chicken has reached the appropriate temperature to be done, approximately 180 degrees. When you cut your chicken, the breast meat should be white, not pink. In the last five to ten minutes of cooking, add the prepared vegetables on both sides of the chicken in the mesh basket. Watch the vegetables carefully, to be sure not to overcook. I prefer my al dente, but you may prefer them roasted more than that. It’s a personal choice.

My Citrus Thyme Grill Roasted Chicken and Vegetables is both delicious and healthy! Let the chicken sit for a few minutes before carving the meat. Serve with a white wine and the roasted vegetables. If you want, add a crusty loaf of bread or baked potatoes. Whatever you decide, you will love this delicious meal, so enjoy!

16 thoughts on “Citrus Thyme Grill Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

    • Thanks, Rick! It really was delicious and moist. We loved it! As for a restaurant…that would be a lot of work and would take all the pleasure out of cooking for me. I like to sit down and visit with my guests while we savor the flavors. Thanks for stopping by to visit and chat with me!

    • Sounds like a plan! It really was delicious and easier to do than you might expect. I love this new grilling basket! Thanks for stopping by to visit and chat with me!

    • This basket was great! The chicken was moist and delicious, while the vegetables were perfect as well. Thanks for stopping by to visit with me!

  1. Bobby loves to grill whole chicken. In fact, he grilled one this week and we finished off the leftovers tonight. I’m showing him this recipe to try next. It looks quite yummy Jodee!
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    • Grilled chicken is delicious! I think you’ll like this recipe. It was very tasty with the vegetables. Thanks for stopping by to visit and chat!

    • It is good…delicious and easy to do! It really isn’t all that complicated. In some ways, it’s easier than cooking various chicken parts. Give it a try! Thanks for stopping by to chat with me!

  2. I love using fresh herbs, and this sounds fantastic! We’ve smoked whole chickens with an excellent result, but I don’t think we’ve ever cooked them on our regular grill. I’m thinking we need to give this a try!

    • Grilling chicken in the new basket I bought was fabulous! The chicken meat was moist and tasted delicious. We loved it, so do try it. Thanks for stopping by to visit and chat with me!

  3. I have been meaning to try a mesh cooker on the grill. You make it sound so easy. It may push me over the edge to give it a whirl. Especially since your dish looks and sounds amazing. I would be honored if you would come and share this recipe at Foodie Fridays where I co-host each week. Infusing some wholefood recipes into the mix would be awesome. Hope to see you there.
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    • Thanks, Shari! This chicken was delicious and the roasted vegetables were wonderful as well. It was an amazing meal, and I love the mesh cooker. Thanks for stopping by to visit and chat with me!

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