i&amm: oven roasted chicken.

last week, i tried something i’ve never done before: roasting a whole chicken. i’m not sure why it never dawned on me to do. perhaps because the connotation that comes with an entire chicken elicits thoughts of necessitating an entire family — or in my case, one very hungry girl. what was most convenient was the versatility; the ingredients i used for this particular bird, were based solely on whatever was left in my fridge/pantry. after realizing how cheap, easy, and delicious it was, i can already predict this becoming a regular in my meal line-up.

ingredients:
— one 4-5lb. whole chicken
— two limes
— four whole carrots
— two tomatoes
— one large vidalia onion
— five garlic cloves

steps:
1. pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.

2. clean the bird by emptying the cavity and rinsing it off. then pat dry.

3, finely chop garlic and halve limes.

3. olive oil, garlic, lime, salt, and pepper the bird.

4. cut up veggies into good sized chunks; they will shrink considerably when roasted. because i didn’t have a big enough dish, my veggies and bird cooked separately. some lucky carrots did make it into the bird dish though.

5. pop both into the oven for 50 minutes to an hour, then relax!

before:

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after:

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that evening’s dinner: roasted chicken, spanish rice, and roasted veggies salad.

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since even i couldn’t polish off the entire bird alone, i used it for the rest of the week’s meals.

second portion for dinner at work:

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chicken quesadillas: shredded chicken, vidalia onion, cheddar-jack cheese, garlic powder, red pepper flake, and cumin.

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chicken sandwich: thinly sliced carrots, red onion, lettuce, and chicken on a toasted and buttered everything bagel.

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chicken spring roll: lettuce, thinly sliced carrots, red onion, and avocado in rice paper wrap with hoisin sauce.

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being that chicken is the protein i eat and enjoy most, i had no trouble coming up with meals for the leftovers. not to mention, it was really convenient and super easy. with fall and winter creeping up, i’m excited to try several other flavor combinations, and even devise a soup recipe for the leftover bones!

xoxo,
jessica

2 Comments

    Yuuumm! How did you not have any roommate help eating this one??

  • hi renee! they usually order out, and what i make pales in comparison!

    p.s. — i’m inspired to try something with figs after your delicious hors d’oeuvres last night!

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