Hello! How was your weekend? Today I am sharing a quick and easy tutorial for how I roast a chicken in the oven. Four easy steps to dinner!
Roast Chicken in Four Steps
I have been purchasing a whole chicken, and then roasting or baking it in the oven. This may sound ironic, but this concept is actually fairly new to me. When I first started eating chicken again a few years ago I would simply buy it pre-cooked at Trader Joe’s for salads or packages of cutlets. As I have learned more about food quality I have tried to seek out pasture roaming chicken as much as possible. This is of course easier said than done. I have only seen it as the Whole Foods down here in Austin.
If you cannot find pasture roaming, I would recommend sticking to organic as much as possible. The chicken is then eating organic feed which will not contain GMO soy or corn.
Pasture roaming means that the chicken has been living the way they were designed. The still consume the feed they are provided on a farm, but they also are free to eat bugs and worms they find in the dirt. Eating pasture roaming chicken means they were not treated with any hormones or antibiotics either which is a major concern in our country. The benefit of buying a whole chicken is that it has been less “touched” during the food processing which often leads to bacteria or contamination. It is also much less expensive than the pre-cut chicken breasts.
So the big question is what to do with this big chicken? The first time I bought one I had to call my mother and ask. My mom has been a vegetarian for over 30 years so you can imagine that she had to dig deep into her memory to give me an answer. The ironic part is that growing up I remember my mother and grandmother always made a whole chicken. I think in our quest to cook everything quick, faster and easier this tradition became lost.
Roasting a chicken is fairly simple and I will share my steps here. The only issue is that is does take quite a bit of time to full bake so you would have to have the time to allow it to cook. Depending on my schedule I will usually save it for a weekend meal.
- Fresh Chicken (Approximately 3 lbs)
- Coconut Oil (2 Tablespoons)
- Kerrygold Butter (3 Tablespoons)
- Seasoning (1/2 Tablespoon)
- Salt & Pepper (to taste)
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. I take out a Pyrex or baking other baking pan and use the coconut oil to coat the bottom. Simply pour from the container or measure the oil, and make sure it is distributed evenly. We buy coconut oil in bulk which is why this container is so huge!
Measure out three tablespoons of butter and place in a small sauce pan on the stovetop on low heat.
While this is melting, make sure the chicken is oven ready. I open the package, clip the thread if the butcher used any and check inside to make sure nothing needs to be removed. Once that step is done, I wash the chicken thoroughly in the sink with a fruit & vegetable wash spray.
I then pat the chicken dry with paper towels and place it in the Pyrex dish coated with coconut oil.
Pour the melted butter all over the chicken and then coat with the spices you have selected.I like an organic blend I buy at Whole Foods which has a great flavor and provides plenty of taste so that I do not need to use anything additional. Win-win. After that is added, I layer on the salt and pepper.
Cover the chicken in the pan with aluminum foil and place it in your oven once it has reached full temperature.
I typically roast the chicken for a full hour, remove the aluminum foil and then let it cook an additional 15 minutes All ovens vary so make sure to use a meat thermometer to be on the safe side.
I usually use the time that the chicken is baking to cook whatever sides I am in the mood to have. Brown rice, Brussel Sprouts and sautéed spinach came into play along with some chilled white wine.
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