Whole Roasted Chicken

Whole Roasted Chicken

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Not going to lie… I have had this recipe sitting in my blog for weeks now.  This was the last meal that I made with my mom before she passed.  My mom used to joke when we would cook together that I was the cook and she was the cleaner.  She would walk around the kitchen following me as I cooked, cleaning. I think that this recipe holds a lot of sentimental feelings and it was hard for me to post it.  It was like reliving the last few weeks with her before we found out she had cancer and was in a coma. All the good memories that now are mixed with the bad.  Sometimes those bad memories out weigh the good ones. It takes on a darker meaning to the point of wanting it just to stop. So, I have to just put one foot in front of the other. Find joy in the memories of my beautiful mother and the time we spent together. To let the bad memories have a space but not consume my life.

Here is the original post… hope you enjoy xo

I love roasting chicken!!! It is easier than you think and it is one of those meals that you can just put in the oven and leave for a couple hours. I like to pair mine with veggies that roast with the chicken in the oven. It is a great meal for a group of people or a Sunday dinner.

 

What You Need:

Whole Chicken (antibiotic free, no hormone chicken)

Whole Onion

Two Lemons (cut in quarters)

Mushrooms (cut in half and save for later)

6 Large Carrots, sliced long way

Butter

Fresh Herb Mix for Poultry

Salt and Pepper

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What To Do:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place your chicken in a roasting pan. Run your fingers under the chicken skin to loosen it from the meat. Under the skin, rub a generous amount of butter on the meat.

Take the onion and place inside the cavity as well as one half of the lemon. Squeeze the rest of the lemons on top of the chicken and sprinkle salt and pepper all over. Place the carrots around the chicken.

Take half the fresh poultry seasoning and place all over the top of the chicken. Divide the other half and put one part into the cavity of the chicken and the other part around the carrots. Take the squeezed lemons and place with carrots.

Cook for an hour and then add the mushrooms around the chicken. Total cooking time is typically about 20 minutes per pound. The internal temperature of the chicken should be at least 185 degrees F.

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Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Veggies

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As the weather begins to cool down, my favorite way to make seasonal vegetables is to roast them. There is something that is so comforting about eating a bowl of warm, roasted veggies. I am constantly changing up the different veggies in this dish so feel free to experiment!

 

What You Need:

Butternut Squash, peeled and cubed

Zucchini, sliced

Carrots (I used baby carrots but you could use either type)

Sweet Potato, cubed

Two small Red Potatoes, cubed

Herbed Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

 

What To Do:

Line a baking pan with foil and sprinkle on herbed olive oil. This amount of veggies took up two baking pans. Toss the veggies in the oil and sprinkle on salt and pepper. Toss them again a couple of times until they are evenly coated.

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Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes, take out the pans, and flip the veggies. Bake for another 20 minutes until the vegetables are golden brown.

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I like to pair my roasted vegetables with my homemade honey mustard dressing. See the recipe under dressings or clink the link above! Enjoy!

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