Oven Roasted Chicken

Good Morning Friends. It’s Tuesday. It is funny to me that there is nothing much ever to be said about Tuesday, except that we made it over the hump that is Monday. Poor Tuesday. As disgruntled as we all are when Monday comes around and takes back control of our lives, I wonder if Tuesday’s karma is desperately trying to gain enough strength to knock us all on our feet… you know, to remember Tuesday is nothing to ignore?

Really, who even knows?

This past year has been quite the experience with food. It was not until last October that I really started to delve into the whole realm of food and experimentation. Because I started in October, Thanksgiving was in the periphery last year and I had no idea what I was going to do. I did not want to touch a gross, uncooked turkey carcass. In order to avoid a turkey debacle, I elected Nick to handle the rawness of the situation, and we deep fried it. Last year was the first year I did not have a ‘traditional’ style turkey {whatever that means.} Any turkey on Thanksgiving is better than no turkey, right? That’s what I thought.

Wondering what all of this has to do with my post for today? I will tell you.

Nick and I bought a couple of 5 pound chickens a couple of weeks ago with the intention of smoking one {we did not have grand plans for the second one}. Well, as many of you know, Nick had pretty tough days last week at work, and I had no idea when I would see him most nights. On Friday he promised that he would be home earlier than the rest of the week so I thought I would make him a delicious dinner; one that he would never expect from this foodie.

That’s when it happened: I handled an uncooked chicken carcass. I had to. I wanted to make a ‘traditional’ chicken for Nick, and besides Pippy nobody was here to help me. So I did it all by myself. I removed the giblets, I cleaned it, I seasoned it and I cooked it. I did it all by myself, but not without some raunchy faces and serious questions about the utility in becoming a vegetarian.

Therefore, today I have an Oven Roasted Chicken for you all, made with love {and apprehension}. In all honesty it was super easy to make and handling the raw chicken was not terrible.

Nutritional Info:
Serving Size: 4 oz
Calories: 213
Fat: 11 g
Carbohydrates: 0
Fiber: 0
Protein: 29
Points+: 5

 Here is what you will need:

  • 4 or 5 pound Whole Chicken
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • ½ tablespoon each Salt and Pepper
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons herbs – Sage, Thyme, Rosemary, Basil, Cajun seasoning etc. {really, whatever you like}
  • 1 tablespoon faux butter


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F
  • Clean the chicken: remove the giblets and rinse thoroughly, and then pat the chicken completely dry

  • Toss your herbs into a bowl and add the salt and pepper

  • Gently separate the chicken skin from the breast of the bird {being careful not to tear}
  • Add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and give it a stir to incorporate it all

  • Rub the combination of oil and herbs all over your chicken little; making sure the whole bird is completely coated with the mixture

  • Crumble the butter into small pieces and slide it under the skin of the chicken
  • Remove the chicken to a baking sheet and bake for about one hour {until the chicken is golden brown all over and the internal temperature has reached a healthy 160 degrees F}
  • Remove the chicken from the oven and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes or so {apparently there is a myth about eating it right away and all of the juices flowing out immediately, leaving the rest of the bird dry & gross?} I say myth, but I believe it’s true.

  • Eat & Enjoy!!

I made some mashed potatoes with this bird, but you could easily pair this meal with fettuccine alfredo, another kind of pasta, fresh vegetables, or stuffing. Really the possibilities are endlessly delicious. That’s the greatest thing about chicken, it is just like the color black, it goes with everything.

I hope you all give this a try. It is super easy once you get passed the initial process of cleaning the chicken and it is super delicious. It’s almost as easy as a crock pot recipe!

I hope you enjoy it!

Until Next Time,

Happy Chicken Roastin’ 

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