Perfectly Roasted Chicken
Always start out with a larger pot than what you think you need. ― Julia Child
It is so simple to grab a roasted bird from the grocery store on the way home from work, unfortunately the sodium levels (even in this tiny serving) may well ruin your daily log. Instead, make chicken roasting day a family tradition and roast two birds, side by side, in the same pot. Serve one right then and there, and save the second chicken for a weekday home-made fast-to-fix dinner.
When you eat white meat only, log with this. Those that love dark meat, should log with this. The skin needs to remain on the roasting bird to seal in the juices, but you don't have to eat it. If it turned out so deliciously crisp that you had a little nibble anyway, add this to the log - in addition to the meat entry. Adjust each logging link to match the amount you ate.
A recipe may call for salt, but you can easily omit it if you eat low sodium. Add flavor by tucking veggies inside the cavity before roasting, slip a few garlic cloves or unsalted butter (or low sodium bacon) under the skin, and rub the whole thing with herbs and a pinch of oil. You won't miss the salt. All you need now are a few new recipes!
The Refined Chef’s Indian Seasoned Roast Chicken with Lentil Brown Rice Pilaf includes one of my favorite anti-arthritis seasonings – turmeric. Use this to log the complete meal.
For stunningly juicy white meat, make this beautiful Upside Down Roasted Chicken with Tarragon and White Pepper. The nutrition facts are included in the recipe.
Claire’s version of Classic Roast Chicken would have made Julia Child proud (although Julia would have used a lot more salt). The nutrition facts are provided within the recipe in two ways - regular and low sodium.
No oven? No problem! Join A Year of Slow Cooking and get your crock pot ready to make Whole Chicken in a Crockpot! Log with the plain meat links above and log the dressing separately.
Have you ever made your own roast chicken or do you only buy it pre-cooked? Do you prefer a classic roast or do you season with something unique? Share your recipes and ideas for making whole chicken cooking a breeze with everyone here! If you need help with a recipe or your nutrition facts, leave your question at Recipe by Request. To have your recipe added to CC Palate, please send it to me via pm. This article may be reprinted (including bio) with prior permission from the author.