I'm pretty sure this is the third week in a row that I'm posting a recipe. I'd make that a trend but I'm not good with that kind of commitment... or with recipes. On Sunday I threw a whole chicken in a brine bag and let it chill out in the fridge all day. Then let it sit in the oven for awhile with some veggies and came out this...
For the brine I used:
fresh rosemary (a few sprigs)
onion (in large chunks)
garlic cloves (smashed)
You can buy brine bags at the grocery store, I like to place it in a big bowl to keep it all sturdy. I put in a couple teaspoons of olive oil. I used a quarter of an onion and chopped in large chunks. I love garlic so I smashed up a lot of cloves and threw those in there with a couple sprigs of rosemary. Tossed in some sprinkles of salt and pepper and filled it with water until the chicken was
drowning covered. Tied it all up tight and let it sit in the fridge for about 7 hours. You can brine for however long, once I did it for 24hrs.
When it was time to preheat the oven to 375, I stuck some Kerrygold grass fed butter under the skin on the chickens boobies and covered the little dude in olive oil. I made a little rub using:
21 Seasonings from Trader Joes
Mixed it all together and rubbed it all over the chicken. Then I chopped up a bunch of veggies.
2 large carrots
1 very large sweet potato
4 small red potatoes
lots of smashed garlic cloves
We've been on Paleo for a few weeks and have been enjoying the shit out of sweet potatoes, since they are allowed. I guess because they're not really a potato. But all the others seem to be under a big debate. I've read they are not allowed at all. I've read that they're ok to have once a week. Who knows!! But we went with the ok and added a few small ones to this dish. Whatever.
All the veggies were covered in olive oil and seasoned with salt/pepper, garlic powder, dried parsley and thyme. Dumped them in a big pan and ready to go in the cooker!!
I cooked it on 375 for about an hour and a half. I started checking on it after an hour and basting the veggies with the juice from the chicken. I had chopped the veggies a little too large, next time I'll go a bit smaller for better cooking.