Thursday, April 18, 2013

Easy Oven Roasted Chicken

Easy Oven Roasted Chicken

Ever looked at a whole chicken in the store and wondered,  "what in the world would I do with that?"
Whole often intimidates new cooks and it actually can be the easiest juiciest most delicious meal you have ever cooked!

Easy Roasted Chicken

1 whole chicken (3-4 lbs)
1 tbsp. coconut oil, or real butter
garlic powder
pepper (or seasoned mix like Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb)
1 tsp. basil or italian seasoning (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Prep a casserole baking dish, with either a thin coat of olive oil or butter to prevent sticking. Set aside. Grab your bird and take it to the sink. In sink, take chicken from wrapping and rinse thoroughly, let water into every nook and cranny. (Many complain they do not know which side is up, it's easy. at the large hole find the little tail bone- this side it's on goes down, that leaves the breast side up!) Place it's tail side down into pan. tuck the legs and wings as close to the body as you can. Using either your hand or a spoon, spread coconut oil or real butter all over the top side doesn't matter if it clumps in places. Wash your hands. Sprinkle top side with paprika to color, garlic powder and pepper. A pinch of  basil is awesome sprinkled across the top. Cover with foil, and put in oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes-(to-1 hour -if 4 or more lbs.) . Check it. Remove foil and let finish baking until browned and a fork pulls meat away easily! about 15 minutes.  Ready to eat!
Optional: before placing in oven, fill the sides and gaps of casserole dish with carrots washed and cut into 2-3" pieces and a few quartered potatoes. This will give you roasted vegies for side dish! sprinkle them with the seasonings as well before putting in oven.

Not hard at all- wash, sprinkle, and bake! eat!
Never fear the whole bird again.

Note: This also works well with turkey, the rule of thumb for cooking a whole bird is 15 minutes bake time per pound. So a 4 lb bird (like chicken) = 15 minutes x 4 lbs=1 hour. A 10 lb turkey  would be 150 minutes or 2 hours and 10 minutes.

see, falling apart easily with fork. Easy! Makes wonderful left overs!

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