From the moment cool air hits in the morning, just about the second week of September, I start cooking like crazy. I love fall and all of the warm comforting dishes. The body craves warm foods rich in protein and high in fat during this time. I'm kicking off the season with my simple roasted chicken in a clay pot because you can make so many things from roasting one chicken. Also, clay pot cooking is safe cooking. First of all, the clay is a natural substance, unlike our man made roasting pans filled with lead and Teflon that can leak into food. Secondly, the clay is alkaline based, which will help to reduce the acidity of foods and balance the ph. This is great for people who have digestion issues or have heartburn as well. Lastly, clay is very porous. The moisture combined with the heat circulate through the pot during cooking to create delicate and delicious meals. This one is my fav.
This chicken dish is very versatile. I will provide some different options for seasoning and when you have finished your chicken save the bones! We'll be making bone broth with those after. As always, we will use organic ingredients and spices. My chicken is from a farmer in Michigan named Bob Boles. He has the juiciest most healthy chickens I've ever cooked. If you are local, I suggest hooking up with him for some hens when he has them in stock. They are the best around. Thegrazinglife.com
1 3-4 lb. whole chicken
2 lemons 1/4 ghee (melted)
salt and pepper
optional for flavor of choice: garam masala, cumin, or smoked paprika
1) Rinse your chicken and leave standing in a colander for 20 minutes (room temp)
2) If you are using a clay pot, do not pre-heat the oven. Soak the pot in lukewarm water for 15 minutes.
3) If you are using a traditional roasting pan, pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
4) Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel and place in pot breast down.
5) Squeeze one whole lemon over the chicken and pour over the melted ghee
6) Poke the second lemon with a fork and place inside the chicken
7) Season lightly with the salt and pepper and then choose the additional seasoning of your choice
8) Clay pot: place in cold oven and heat to 400 degrees
9) Roast chicken on 400 degrees breast down for 20 minutes
10) Flip the bird! Turn chicken over so it is breast up now and baste the juices from the bottom onto the chicken. Turn heat to 350 degrees. Sprinkle a touch more of your seasonings
11) Bake until the internal temp is 190 degrees or the legs separate from the body. about an additional hour.
XO Jaclyn Renee
** A core principle of the Jaclyn Renee Wellness program is to choose organic whenever possible. This includes all fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, flours, nuts, and even spices. Reducing your exposure to pesticides and chemicals is a major part in healing your body and preventing disease.