If you’ve got a hungry family to feed, there’s nothing better than a whole chicken roasting in the oven with that irresistible aroma of lemon and fresh herbs driving everyone in the house crazy with anticipation…
I know roasted whole chicken is nothing new…but I wanted to make this one a newbie-friendly recipe anyone could pull off like a gourmet chef.
Choosing the right chicken for this recipe is important if you want the best nutrition and taste. I chose an organic, free-range whole chicken. It really makes a big difference – it’s just so much more tender and juicy than those from the big commercial feedlots. I know not everyone can stretch their paleo budget to pay full price for a whole organic chicken, but I would suggest watching for them to go on sale. Many stores give shoppers a break on the price at least once a month. I paid $13.00 for a 4.5 lb whole organic chicken. And when you add some sweet potatoes and veggies to your shopping cart, you’ve got an amazing meal for under 20 bucks that will feed the average-sized family. For my hubby and I, we had plenty of leftovers which makes me super happy!
For this one I made an herb butter with lemon zest and garlic. I took a rare detour from the paleo rulebook and used a little Kerrygold butter (from grass-fed cows) for this recipe – but if you want to keep it 100% paleo, just use ghee instead of butter.
I also scattered onions and lemon around the chicken and even stuffed the cavity to really ramp up the flavor. Then I covered that bad boy with the herb butter and even got my brush under the skin of the breast. Baste it halfway through the cooking time if you like. Just be sure to keep an eye on the skin of the chicken while it cooks. When it reaches the golden color you want but still has some cooking time left on the clock, just tent it with foil until it’s done.
Oh, and one more thing…I highly recommend investing in a digital meat thermometer like the one I use (Amazon.com link). It’s not very expensive and it really does take the guesswork out of your cooking so you’ll always know when your bird or roast is done!
Enjoy this savory, lemony, moist and awesome paleo and gluten-free roasted chicken! It’s a simple recipe I know everyone in your family will love.