Grilled Chicken & Carrots with Sweet Parsley Sauce

In the winter, when there is a chill in the air that I can’t quite shake, I make a roasted chicken. The oven heats up the house, making it warm and toasty and a good meal always soothes the soul. But putting the oven on didn’t seem like a good idea, as the sun was hot, the birds were singing and the grass was greener than ever but I was still in the mood for a nice chicken. Cooking the chicken on the stove and later grilling it is a great substitute for roasted chicken in the summertime, it comes out nice and juicy. Over the weekend, we went to a farmers’ market and we found the most beautiful bunch of parsley and carrots. I knew right away that I wanted to make a parsley sauce and grill the carrots along with the chicken. Nice enough for company or great for leftovers!

  • 1 4-5 pound chicken, cut into quarters
  • 1 bunch of carrots, trimmed and halved lengthwise
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • Vegeta or any all-purpose seasoning you like
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped mint
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 6 Kalamata olives, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive juice from the jar
  • 1/2 serrano pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 peppadew, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fig marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • fresh ground pepper

Cut up your chicken into quarters and place into a Dutch oven and cover with water. Salt it and bring it to a boil. Cook your chicken for 1 hour on low heat, skimming off the foam that rises to the top of the pot. Combine all of the ingredients for the parsley sauce and let it sit so the flavors mingle while the chicken is cooking. Once your chicken is done, carefully remove it from the broth. You can add some veggies and make a nice broth that you can enjoy or freeze for later use. Heat your grill to 500 degrees and drizzle olive oil on your chicken and carrots and season with Vegeta or all-purpose seasoning. Place your chicken on the grill, so you get some nice grill marks, it doesn’t take long at all, about 5 minutes per side. Same with the carrots. Once your chicken and carrots are done, take them off the grill and serve with the parsley sauce. Enjoy!