This wonderful recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks, "The New Kosher," by fellow Canadian, Kim Kushner. It is as delicious as it looks!
1 head garlic 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling 1 lemon 1 chicken, about 3.5 pounds Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 1 bunch fresh thyme 1 tablespoon sweet paprika or sumac 1 teaspoon dried basil 5 carrots, peeled and sliced 1 fennel bulb, trimmed, cored and thinly sliced 1 handful of pearl onions, peeled
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit (200 degrees Celcius). Have a large roasting pan handy. Cut 1 inch off top of garlic head; do not discard. Place both garlic pieces on a piece of aluminum foil and drizzle with the 1 teaspoon of oil. Wrap the foil over the garlic, enclosing it completely. Set aside.
Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the cavity and over the outside of the chicken. Reserve the lemon halves. Generously season the cavity and the outside of the chicken with salt and pepper. Stuff the lemon halves and thyme inside the chicken, then place the chicken on a stand. Sprinkle the paprika and basil over the outside of the chicken, using your hands to spread them all over. Place the stand with the chicken in the roasting pan. Surround with the carrots, zucchini, fennel and onions. Place the foil wrapped garlic in the pan. Drizzle a little bit of oil all over the vegetables. Roast for 1 hour. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees Farenheit, (165 degrees Celcius), and and roast until the chicken is golden brown and the juices run clear when a skewer is inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, about 1 hour longer. (If you would like to keep the chicken and vegetables warm, turn off the oven then keep them in the warm oven for 1 hour longer). Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, take it off the stand and discard the lemon halves and thyme. Cut the chicken into serving pieces. Unwrap the garlic and squeeze the cloves over the chicken to release the golden, roasted deliciousness. Transfer the chicken and vegetables to a serving platter. Now devour.