Once a week I get together with fellow creative, Staci Patton! She’s a Lifestyle Coach - basically a nutrition & fitness guru (WanderingHeart.Net). This month she’s hosting a Whole30 lifestyle challenge, which is a diet change similar to Paleo. Of course it was my turn to cook for our creative get-together, so it presented a sort of challenge! I enjoy challenges - thus was born this Whole30/Paleo compliant, Roast Chicken & Bacon Wrapped Asparagus.
Fun fact: I've forgotten to remove the giblets before, still in their little bag.
Whole (Air-Chilled, Organic) Chicken
Assortment of Vegetables
½ Cup Water
To Stuff the Cavity
1 Handful Fresh Garden Herbs
2 Cloves of Garlic
2 teaspoons Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
1 teaspoon Ground Turmeric
½ teaspoon Black Pepper
¾ teaspoon Paprika
Drizzle on Top
Juice of 1 lemon
2 Tablespoons of Organic Ghee
2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Onion Powder
- Preheat oven to 425F
- If the chicken has a bag of giblets, please remove & discard
- Drain all excess fluid from the cavity
- Rinse chicken thoroughly & pat dry with paper towels
- Place your fresh herbs & garlic cloves inside of the chicken cavity. I like to use Sage, Rosemary, Oregano & Parsley!
- Place roughly chopped, assorted vegetables into bottom of roasting pan with your ½ cup of water. I use a 12” cake pan & onions/mushrooms. The vegetables will act as a rack for your chicken so don’t dice them too small.
- Mix the Pre-Rub & coat your chicken with it. If you do this in the roasting pan, any spice that doesn’t stick to the chicken will fall to your vegetables - this is important.
- Place the chicken, breast down, on top of the vegetables.
- Heat the ghee with the lemon until it’s melted then drizzle it on top of your chicken.
- Now mix the final dressing and sprinkle it over your chicken.
- Roast for ~1 ½ hours, basting 2-4x throughout. Thigh temperature should be at 165F
- Pull the chicken from the oven & allow it to rest for 5 minutes before cutting into it!
- Serve with your assorted veggies
Note: Save the fat & juices from the bottom. Saute ANYTHING in them - it will taste like heaven.