September 21, 2015

Healthy Herb and Olive Oil Roasting Chicken

Whole roasting chickens are a dinner I love to cook because they're easy, smell delicious when cooking, there are so many ways to make them and you end up with plenty of leftovers for other meals or recipes. This version is a healthier take on whole chicken as it doesn't use the butter so many recipes call for. Instead, I use olive oil to keep the meat moist and to add in some healthy fat. The seasonings are simple to keep the chicken light and so the leftovers can easily be used in any other recipe you'd like. When I recently made it, I used the leftovers in chicken noodle soup -- a fall and winter staple in our house that tastes great, is simple to make and freezes great for future meals. The recipe for the soup is here! It's low calorie, low sodium AND easy to make.

Healthy Herb and Olive Oil Roasting Chicken

by The Stay-at-Home Life
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Keywords: bake roast entree gluten-free low-carb low-sodium nut-free sugar-free chicken American fall spring summer winter
  • 1 whole roasting chicken
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1.5 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp crushed rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 large apple
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 5 scallions
Set oven to 350 degrees
Combine olive oil, allspice, rosemary, garlic powder and onion powder in a bowl
Peel and cut apple into chunks, taking out the core
Chop scallions and celery into chunks, mix with apple chunks
Clean chicken and place in roasting pan or metal pan with grate under the chicken
Stuff chicken with apple, celery and scallions
With a basting brush, spread olive oil mix onto chicken covering all of skin then separate skin from breasts and pour some of the mix under the skin, press on the skin to cover meat evenly
Place lid on roasting pan (or foil) and place in oven for 2 hours or until fully cooked
For crisp skin: The last 15 minutes of cooking, take off lid/foil and bake at 450 degrees until done
Let chicken rest for 30 minutes before carving
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  1. hey, looks yummy! i would also suggest adding mushrooms and tomatoes; my favorite with chicken

  2. Looks yummy! I would also add mushrooms and tomatoes! goes well with chicken

  3. That looks delicious and easy - my favorite!! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty !!

  4. Looks like an easy recipe that the whole family would love. Thank you for joining our Delicious Dishes Recipe Party this week. Hope to see you again next week!


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