So, my husband is the guinea pig for all of my delish recipes over the next two weeks! We will be eating along with the rest of the folks doing the Conscious Cleanse, which is an anti-inflamitory and non-allergenic diet. We will be leaving out soy, gluten, dairy, certain inflammatory foods. For more information about the Cleanse, you can check out their site.
First up? Whole roast chicken. I thought this could be a great protein staple, and I will begin to use the chicken in other recipes, like our lunch today, Roast Chicken Breast over Greens with Basil Vinaigrette. For the cleanse, we are not heating up oils, or using butter. Instead I used some dijon mustard, broth, salt and herbs to roast this chicken. This will be great to have in the fridge to throw on a salad, and I will be posting a great simple chicken broth that you can make with the bones. Win win!
Whole Roast Chicken
1 whole chicken, 3-4 lbs
TBSP dijon mustard
1/2 cup diced onion
3 cloves garlic
1 cup Chicken Broth
1. Pre-heat oven to 375. Place the chicken, breast side up in a roasting pan with a draining rack or prop up on something so the fat can drain. I couldn’t locate my roasting pan this AM, so I used the frame of a small spring form pan. Point being, you can get creative, just make sure its food and oven safe!!
2. Make sure nothing is in the cavity of the chicken. Well, nothing plastic or non-edible. Stuff with onion, garlic and a little salt. Smother top of chicken with the dijon and a little salt. Pour the broth into the pan. Cover chicken with foil, trying to prop up foil as to not let it lay heavily on the chicken.
3. Place chicken in middle rack and cook for 45 minutes. Remove foil, baste with what liquid is in the bottom of pan, and cook, checking every 15 minutes for an internal temp of 165′ in the breast and 175′ in the thigh area. Invest in a meat thermometer for sure, you can get one at Bed Bath and Beyond or Target or Amazon.
4. Remove from oven and let cool a few minutes before you cut into it.
You now have a roast chicken to snack on, toss on salads AND don’t forget to save the carcass for a quick homemade broth!
Please leave comments and questions!