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Spatchcocked Rosemary Lime Roasted Chicken

Spatchcocked chicken is a pretty way to cook a whole chicken, but even better is, it is moister everywhere, and you won’t dry out the breast while waiting for the slower thighs to be cooked through.

Spatchcocked Rosemary Lime Chicken

Spatchcocked Rosemary Lime Roasted Chicken

 

Although to the eye, the chicken looks fancy and difficult, it really isn’t at all.  I like to prepare my chicken several hours before roasting it, and put in in the refrigerator uncovered so it can rest in the rub right on the baking sheet and absorb the flavors. This also allows the skin to dry out when exposed to air, so it is extra crispy!!!

Spatchcocked Rosemary Lime Roasted Chicken

Ingredients:

1 – 5 to 6 pound whole chicken

Zest of 2 Limes

3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon of Sea Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

1 1/4 Teaspoon of Crushed Rosemary

1 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger

Directions: Mix the olive oil and seasonings together for your Rosemary Lime Rub and set aside.

Now let’s spatchcock the chicken. It takes a little elbow grease, but trust me, it is easier than it looks! Much easier than cutting up a whole chicken! You will need a sharp knife or poultry scissors.

Remove Backbone

Place the chicken on a prepared baking sheet. Turn the chicken over onto its back, and starting on one side of the back bone, cute through the back. Now, do the same thing on the other side, and remove the backbone completely from the chicken. (You can use the backbone and giblets to make stock.)

Backbone Removed

That was the most difficult part. Turn the chicken over so the breasts face up, and with the palms of your hands, flatten the chicken by pressing on the breast area and splaying out the legs. It should look like this.

Spatchcocked Whole Chicken

Rub the chicken all over front and back with the Rosemary Lime Rub.

 

Place the chicken uncovered in the refrigerator a few hours, or as long as overnight. This step before roasting makes the chicken skin very crispy! You can skip it if you don’t have time, or you want chicken right away.

When you are ready to roast your chicken, Preheat the oven to 325º degrees and roast the chicken for one hour.

Test the thigh to make sure it has reached 165º degrees. Remove from the oven, and let the chicken sit for ten minutes to retain the juices before carving.

Enjoy this juicy recipe!

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Deli Chicken Salad

This recipe is so easy on a busy week. The cook once eat twice concept is a lifesaver for today’s busy lifestyles! I was talking to my sister on the telephone yesterday, and she has three children in five sports this Spring and is really struggling to put good food on the table. I hear her! It can be challenging to churn out healthy meals for the family no matter who you are, and busy Mom’s can really benefit from some fast recipe ideas!

Deli Chicken Salad (cook once eat twice)

My deli chicken salad recipe uses leftover roasted chicken. I used a chicken from my Lemon Herb Juicy Roasted Chicken recipe here. I had leftover roasted chicken and needed something quick on Monday night. I find chicken salad is so much moisture when you use the whole bird, (a mixture of dark and light meat).

To cook once eat twice, depending on the size of your family, you will need one or two whole chickens. Make the Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken recipe, or another favorite whole roasted chicken recipe the first night. The second night, you will shred the leftover cooked chicken and put together the chicken salad in ten minutes!

Deli Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

2 1/2 Cups Shredded Leftover Chicken

1 Cup Good Mayonnaise (I used my favorite Paleo Mayonnaise here)

1 Tablespoon of Dill Pickle Relish (I love Bubbies) for those Low FodMap it has garlic, but this tiny amount should be fine!)

1 Tablespoon of Whole Grain Mustard (I just found this Clean Brand at my Local Coop, it is delicious!)

1/2 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt or Sea Salt

Directions: Just mix it all together and serve it. Someone is sure to lick the bowl clean!

Tip: Double the recipe for even another day packed in lunches!

Delli Chicken Salad

Have a Happy Day!

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Lemon Herb Juicy Roasted Chicken

Lemon Herb Juicy Chicken

I don’t know about you, but I like my chicken juicy! I also like it to taste like chicken…..good chicken, not chicken injected with something to make it more tender.

that wasn't chicken

The chicken I ate as a child was good pastured chicken with firm, juicy, unadulterated meat. Try this recipe at home for a juicy roasted chicken using the best quality chicken you can afford. I used an organic 4 1/2 pound chicken. Preparing the chicken ahead with the seasonings and refrigerating it for an hour and up to 24 hours will make it even more flavorful!

Lemon Herb Juicy Roasted Chicken

Directions: Preheat your oven to 425º degrees.

Ingredients:

1 – 4 1/2 Lb. Good Quality Chicken

2 Tablespoon Grassfed Ghee

1 Organic Lemon

1 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt or Sea Salt, Plus extra for inside the bird

1 Teaspoon of Black Pepper, Plus extra for inside the bird

2 Teaspoons of Dried Parsley

1/2 Teaspoon Dried Tarragon

Directions: Rinse and pat your chicken dry. Place in a roasting pan with a rack. Sprinkle the inside of the chicken with salt an pepper to season the cavity. Rub the outside of the chicken with 2 tablespoons of Ghee. Zest the lemon and mix the lemon zest with 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of pepper, 2 teaspoons of parsley and 1/2 teaspoon of tarragon. Sprinkle the herb blend evenly all over the chicken. Quarter the zested lemon and stuff inside the chicken.

At this point you may refrigerate the chicken covered for up to 24 hours or bake it right away.

Prepped Oven Roasted Chicken Ready for the Oven

Prepped Oven Roasted Chicken Ready for the Oven

Bake the chicken in the preheated 425º oven for one hour or until the meaty part of the thigh registers 165º degrees. Remove from the oven and let rest 10 to 15 minutes to retain the juices before slicing.

Yummy!

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Quick Zesty Chicken and Carrots

Here come the holidays! I don’t know about you, but there are plenty of days when I am rushing around at dinner time to get something on the table that is nourishing, delicious and fast! This is a very moist and flavorful chicken dish that will have you out of the kitchen in no time. Serve it with a salad on the side.

Quick and Zesty Chicken and Carrots

Ingredients:

8 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs

12 Carrots, peeled and sliced into thin rounds

1/4 Cup Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

Zest of one Lime

1/4 Cup Garlic Olive Oil, divided

1 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink or Sea Salt

1 Teaspoon Black Pepper

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Chipotle Pepper

1/8 Teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper

Preheat Oven 350º degrees. Cut the chicken thighs into quarters. Mix together Salt, Pepper, Chipotle & Cayenne. Heat 2 Tablespoons of Garlic Olive Oil in a large nonstick oven proof skillet over medium high heat. Add the carrots and sautee for 5 minutes until starting to brown. Remove the carrots from the pan and set aside. Add the other two tablespoons of Garlic Olive Oil to the pan maintaining the heat. Sprinkle the chicken with the seasoning and add to the pan. Cook the chicken four minutes without touching it, then flip it over and cook another four minutes. Zest the lime over the chicken, add the carrots back in to the chicken and pour over the lime juice. Toss to coat with the juice and zest and place the pan in the oven for ten minutes until chicken is cooked through. Serve!

4 Servings

Zesty Chicken and Carrots

(See In My Pantry For Ingredient Links)

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Cranberry Apricot Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Ooooo lalala! This chicken is moist and juicy!  I don’t know about you, but I pretty much like stuffed anything, because it usually means extra flavor and deliciousness.  I developed this recipe recently because boneless chicken breasts can be juicy and flavorful when done right, and anything but boring! So here we go! I hope you try these, they are nutritious and so festive!

Cranberry Apricot Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Cranberry Apricot Stuffed Chicken Breasts

You can prep these up to a day in advance and store them in the refrigerator for  a super fast dinner.  I served them with a tarragon cream sauce, but they are great without it.  The sauce bumps it up to extra fancy.

Cranberry Apricot Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Cranberry Apricot Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Cranberry Apricot Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Ingredients:

4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts

Filling:

6 Dried Apricots, unsulphured organic is best

1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries, sweetened with juice

1/4 Cup Sliced Almonds

2 Tablespoons Sunflower Seed Butter or Almond Butter, no sugar added

2 Scallions, green tops only, thinly sliced

1 Teaspoon Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

1/4 Teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper

Coating:

1 Egg

3/4 Cup Almond Flour, fine

Himalayan Pink Salt

Black Pepper

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Directions:

Soak the dried apricots 30 minutes in very hot water to soften.  Set aside and while they are soaking gather the rest of your ingredients.  In a small blender or food processor, puree the apricots after draining off the soaking water.  Add Sunflower Seed Butter, Salt, Pepper and Lemon Juice and fully incorporate.  Stir in by hand the cranberries, sliced almonds and scallions.

Slice your boneless chicken breasts in the center to make a pocket for stuffing, but don’t slice all the way through.  Like this:

 

Cranberry Apricot Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Cranberry Apricot Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Once they are stuffed, you are ready to coat them.  It is simple.  Crack the egg into a shallow dish, put the almond flour in another shallow dish, and dip the chicken into the egg on both sides, then roll in the almond flour. Repeat for all four breasts. Then season them with salt and pepper as you would like. You can at this point cover then and refrigerate until you are ready to cook them.

Pre-heat your oven 375º degrees. Heat an oven proof pan over medium high heat on your stove top and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  When oil is hot, add the chicken breasts and brown on both sides. This will take approximately 3 minutes a side. After browning, they will not be completely cooked.  Slide your oven proof pan with the chicken into the pre-heated oven for 15 to 20 minutes until cooked all the way through, 365º degrees in the center.

Cranberry Almond Stuffed Chicken Breasts Ready for the Oven

Cranberry Almond Stuffed Chicken Breasts Ready for the Oven

Serve with Tarragon Sauce found here. (optional)

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Crock Pot Chicken Veggie Soup

Crock Pot Chicken Soup

Crock Pot Chicken Soup

I don’t travel well, darn it!   I thought now that I had finally got a diagnosis of SIBO and had done the antibiotic protocol, which made me feel so great, that I would travel much better.  Much to my disappointment, after a twelve hour car ride up north for some summer fun, I had a set back.  Here is a nourishing,  soothing chicken soup recipe for when you need very cooked and easy to digest food.  It is delicious, and you can enjoy it with your family. It cooks in the crock pot for 6 to 8 hours, so you can play, and dinner will be ready when you get home.  The longest part of making it is the chopping.

Ingredients:

1 Whole Chicken (preferably organic)

1 Cup One Inch Sliced Green Beans

2 Medium Zucchini, Chopped

3 Endive, Sliced

4 Peeled and Chopped Carrots

1 Green Pepper, Chopped

6 Scallions, Green Parts Only, Sliced

Fresh Parsley, 1 small handful stems removed and minced

Zest and Juice of 1 Lemon

4 Teaspoons Himalayan Pink Salt

3/4 Teaspoon Pepper

6 to 8 cups filtered or well water

Chicken Soup Prep

Chicken Soup Prep

Put all the prepped ingredients into a crock pot, add enough water to cover your chicken (about 6 to 8 cups. The chicken makes your broth) and cook on low for 8 hours.  Take out the chicken and shred and remove the bones.  Put the chicken back in the crock pot. Serve.

Prepped Chicken Veggie Soup

Prepped Chicken Veggie Soup

Alternately, if you only have six hours.  Turn crock pot to high for 1 hour, then turn to low for the remaining five hours.

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Chinese Five Spice Chicken Bites – Paleo

Chinese Five Spice Chicken Bites - Paleo, Soy Free

Chinese Five Spice Powder is Amazing!  It is a combination of Star Anise, Fennel, Black Pepper, Cinnamon and Cloves.  It is a warming blend that pairs wonderfully with meat!  Here I use it to make Five Spice Chicken Thigh Bites using boneless chicken thighs.  This is very kid friendly because of the bite size pieces, and it is slightly sweet with fresh squeezed orange and lemon juices and just a bit of heat with red pepper flakes.  You can turn up the heat by adding more red pepper flakes if you like, but don’t leave them out.  You need them to balance the dish.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken thighs

3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil

2 Tablespoons of Chinese Five Spice Powder (Gluten Free)

2 teaspoons Ground Ginger

3 Tablespoons of Clear Honey

1/4 Cup Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

1/4 Cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

1 1/2 teaspoons Himalayan Pink Salt divided

1/2 teaspoon of Black Pepper

1/4 teaspoon of White Pepper

1/4 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes

Preheat oven 375 degrees. Quarter each boneless chicken thigh into 4 cubes.  Mix together in a small bowl the Chinese Five Spice Powder, Ground Ginger, 1 Teaspoon Salt, White Pepper and Black Pepper.

Place Chicken Thigh cubes and powdered spice mixture into a gallon ziplock bag and shake until very well distributed.  Get in there and massage with your hands if necessary. 🙂

Mix together the orange juice, lemon juice, honey, red pepper flakes, and the other 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, then simmer until reduced by half. Melt the coconut oil in a large oven safe skillet or fry pan. Add the chicken cubes in one layer (very important for browning, so make sure your pan is big enough).

Sauteing Chinese Five Spice Chicken Bites

Chinese Five Spice Chicken Bites

Brown for five minutes not touching, then flip the cubes and brown 5 more minutes. Pour the reduced sauce over the chicken cubes and transfer to the oven in the pan and bake for 5 minutes.  Viola! Done!  Pour the chicken and sauce into a serving dish and toss a couple times to coat with the sauce.

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