Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pink Julep in the Kitchen - Roast Chicken!


On Sunday I decided to make an organic meal from scratch! It was so fun! I've really began to love cooking and I've recently become concerned with the amount of all out crap I put into my body from frozen, canned, and pre-packaged foods! So hubby and I went shopping and I made this gorgeous roast chicken (my first ever!)!!!
I must say, it's definitely worth the extra $5.00 to get organic free-range chicken that hasn't been subjected to steroids, antibiotics and other nasty stuff! It's so juicy and tender! YUM!!!
Here's the recipe I used, which came from an article on Camilla Parker Bowles. I modified it slightly, but credit where credit's due, it's her recipe. However, the sauce wasn't very good and we didn't end up using it, so this is just the recipe for the chicken:
1 whole free-range organic chicken
2 lemons (one whole and poked several times, the other cut in 1/2)
salt
pepper
olive oil
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Remove the innards (usually stuffed inside in a bag) and rinse the chicken thoroughly. Dry the chicken with paper towles all over. Place chicken inside roasting pan.
Stuff the whole pierced lemon inside the chicken.
Rub olive oil generously all over the chicken and then season with salt and pepper all over.
Use the other 2 halves of lemon to squeeze juice over the entire chicken.
Bake for 20 minutes at 450 degrees (this crisps the skin and keeps the juices inside) then reduce heat to 350 degrees and cook until juices run clear when the leg is pierced.
Cooking time should be about an hour for a medium sized chicken.
I served mine with boiled haricots and organic herb roasted potatoes which I made with a recipe from www.allrecipes.com. It was a lovely meal!
BON APETIT!
Pink Julep!
PS - Last night I saw Julie and Julia, which was amazing and only fueled my new-found love for cooking! I bought my first ever cook book immediately following so expect more recipes from the Pink Julep Kitchen!!!
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4 comments

  1. Way to go! By the way, I have the book "Chasing Harry Winston." It is great!

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  2. Your chicken looks great!

    A lot of people dont know this but it is best to buy whole chickens if they arent organic...when they are cutting them up if a limb (or other part of the chicken) has a tumor on it they throw that piece out and still use the rest of the chicken! Gross eh!

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  3. how lucky does your husband feel that his wifey is such a skilled cook?!

    kHm

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  4. Looks great! I'm going through one of my "eat healthy" stages! I had to laugh reading this. Years ago, my husband and I dined at a restaurant in Memphis...they only served organic food, and of course, free-range chicken. My husband said "How free could this chicken have been if I'm eating him now?"

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