Sunday, April 29, 2012

Roasted Chicken

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I bought three whole chickens to roast up and shred for meals throughout May.  So last night I decided to roast them and make some chicken broth (follow the link to see how I make my chicken broth both on the stove and in the slow cooker).  With the three chickens I was able to get enough meat for six meals next month plus about 32 cups of chicken broth.

Obviously this is a time consuming process, but I promise it is all worth it!  It saves money and there is nothing like homemade chicken broth and shredded slow roasted chicken.  Now if you are going to roast three chickens, like I did, plan on being stuck home for a while.

Everyone kept saying it smelled like Thanksgiving...It does smell FANTASTIC!

Roasted Chicken
1 Whole Chicken
4 TBS Butter, unsalted
3 Celery Stalks, cut into thirds
Salt and Pepper
Onion Powder

  • Season chicken liberally with salt, pepper, and onion powder
  • Place 2 TBS butter in the chicken cavity along with celery (you could also omit onion powder and put an onion in there or add some carrots or lemons...whatever you prefer)
  • Cut the remaining butter evenly and place equal amounts between the skin and breast of the chicken
  • Roast uncovered in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 1 - 1:30 hours or until the chicken is fully cooked and juices are no longer pink (this depends on the size of the chicken, mine were all around 4 lbs)
  • Remove chicken from oven and baste with juices
  • Cover loosely with foil and allow to rest for at least 30 minutes
I have a large roaster so I roasted 2 chickens together.  If you do this plan on roasting for about 30 minutes to make sure both chickens are fully cooked.  Once the chicken was cool enough I shredded them and put them in the freezer.  I saved the carcasses, veggies, and juices to make my broth.

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  1. It looks yummy! I don't think of roasting a whole chicken usually, just buy breasts and use them. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I love roasting the whole chicken and making broth. Now that I am becoming more aware of additives and preservatives in my food I have come to realize I need to stop being lazy and getting back to the basics again ;)

  2. So worth it for easy meals down the road!
    Thank you for linking this with See Ya In the Gumbo.

    1. Exactly! Not to mention knowing exactly what is going in to every part of your meal :)

  3. Nothing as tasty as a homemade roasted chicken! Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe on Allergy-Free Wednesdays! Be sure to check back next week for recipe highlights (including the top 3 reader choice submissions and hostess favorites).

    Be Well!

    1. I agree! It may take some time, but it is so worth it. Everyone kept saying my house smelled like Thanksgiving :)

  4. Looks delicious and what great planning!

    1. Thank you so much. Once you get into the hang of planning it becomes so easy and such a time saver for me :)


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