Sunday, 22 February 2015

Oven roasted chicken

I have been in love with roasted chicken. It's so easy. So versatile. And leads to so many fantastic leftovers. Oh HAIII chicken broth. Mhm. My grandma is so proud.

Shredded chicken that is absolutely delicious in chili (paleo if you roll that way)? Yes, please! Or just devouring it straight away immediately after it comes out of the oven, whilst trying not to burn yourself. Oops. 

This delicious oven roasted chicken is so easy to prepare and is perfect for the entire family! {Welcome to Mommyhood} #OvenRoastedChicken, #paleo, #whole30

I like to cut the chicken along the breast side in order to cut down the cooking time a bit (depending on how large the chicken is). The bonus to doing this, too is that there is more chicken facing upwards, and more of it gets crispy. 

Obviously that's the most important factor in considering how to prepare your chicken - optimal crispiness. 

You guys, even the Toddler loves chicken prepared this way! The kid is weird about his chicken. I mean, this is the same kid that can inhale smoked salmon, that munches on raw broccoli, loves to eat whole avocados as a snack, but that refuses to eat sweet peppers.

Back to chicken, sometimes Mr. Toddler absolutely adores it (prepared roasted whole in the oven!), and other times he will literally spit it out if heaven forbid Mama actually dared to place a piece of chicken breast on his plate, next to his beloved sweet potatoes! Oh tragedy. 

Sometimes, feeding  Mr. Toddler is really a guessing game. Unless I prepare this recipe. Then all I have to worry about is him going too close to the oven because he can't wait for dinner and needs to eat noooow!

So here is one of my favourite ways to prepare a whole chicken! Loaded with delicious herbs, spices, and all sorts of amazing ingredients that blend together in an awesome combination of: yum!

Easy, Healthy Recipes: 

Oven roasted chicken

This delicious oven roasted chicken is so easy to prepare and is perfect for the entire family! {Welcome to Mommyhood} #OvenRoastedChicken, #paleo, #whole30


3-3.5 hours 

10 minutes prep time
Approximately 3 hours cooking time


1 whole chicken, insides removed (weighing between 1.5-2 kilograms or 3-4 pounds)
4-6 cloves of garlic (peeled) 
1 yellow onion (peeled and cut in half)
1 lemon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of my poultry seasoning
Optional: 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary and 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
Save for later:1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil


Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius or 400 degrees Fahrenheit 
Place your chicken down on it's back
Get out a very sharp knife or kitchen scissors and cut the chicken in half on the breast side 
Cut the lemon in half
Squeeze the juice from the lemon into a bowl and set aside
Place the remaining ingredients (except the olive oil, lemon juice and poultry rub) underneath your chicken
In a bowl, combine the poultry seasoning, lemon juice and olive oil
Pour over the top of the chicken
Cover the chicken with tin foil/lid and place in oven
After 1.5 hours, remove the cover. Pour the 'save for later' oil over the top of the chicken.
Put back in the oven for an additional 1.5-2 hours (for a heavier chicken, you'll want to cook longer of course)

More chicken recipes

Rosemary lemon chicken
Green bean 1 pot wonder
Oven baked chicken stew

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