The Wooden Spoon: Easy Onion Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

(Always read the recipe twice, assemble, and prepare your ingredients before you begin to cook)

1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup mix (comes 2 to a box)
¼ cup olive or vegetable oil
½ tsp garlic powder
4 bone-in chicken breast halves (about 2 lbs)
2 medium all purpose potatoes, cut into small chunks (about 1 lb)
2 carrots, peeled and sliced into 3/4” rounds (or you could use the petite already peeled carrots that come in a plastic bag)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

You’ll need a 13”x9” baking pan – line the pan with aluminum foil for easier cleanup

  • In a large plastic zip-lock bag,  add all the ingredients. Close the bag and shake until chicken and vegetables are evenly coated
  • Arrange the chicken, breast side up, and vegetables in the baking pan
  • Discard the plastic bag
  • Bake uncovered, basting halfway through, 45 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender
  • Makes 4 servings
  • Serving suggestion – you already have your potatoes and vegetable – so a mixed salad is all you need


  • means a teaspoon and tbsp. means tablespoon – always use a measuring spoon not a piece of silverware
  • Soups whether dehydrated in an envelope or box or canned are very versatile in recipes and making a quick and easy sauce for meats and vegetables.

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Carol was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Jefferson Township with her husband in 1976. She initially joined the Garden Club of Milton, eventually serving as President. She was a co-founder of the ABC Mothers Group, active in the local PTAs, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts. She worked for AIM Newspapers as a reporter and eventually became its Editor. Currently, she is President of the Jefferson Arts Committee and recently retired as the Recreation Program Coordinator in the Jefferson Township Recreation Department. She can be reached at