Life can be is hectic with kids. You want to optimize your time between things you need to do on a daily basis and more importantly, things you need to do with them. One of the most consuming “jobs” is cooking {the preparations, the washing, the cutting, the measuring, etc…). Therefore, making nutritious meals that are simple and easy to do are important. Making them palatable is just as crucial. I’d like to share with you, one of my all-time favorite roasted chicken recipes. It is so simple {and so delicious}, anyone can cook it. I love to make this as opposed to buying a rotisserie chicken at the supermarket. Those contain the unnecessary artificial and added ingredients {yuck!}, not to mention the high sodium level. With cooking this yourself, you control what you put into your chicken.

I like to make this with brown rice and a simple salad on the side.

Simple Ingredients:
One whole chicken (5-6 pounds)
3-4 tablespoons olive oil
1 lemon (cut in slices)
1 head of garlic (peel each clove)
1 tablespoon of dry rosemary
Sea salt
Fresh grind pepper

Simple Instructions:
– Preheat oven to 375°F degrees
– Wash chicken {remove any giblets}
– Pat dry with paper towels
– Place chicken in roasting pan or casserole dish
– Sprinkle the cavity with salt & pepper
– Add the lemon slices, garlic, and rosemary inside the cavity
– Rub the olive oil everywhere on the chicken
– Rub salt and pepper onto the chicken
– Place breast up and bake uncovered for approximately 1-3/4 hours

Side note: to pull the cavity close, cut a small slit between the thigh and breast, pull the opposite drumstick through the slit, repeat with the other side.

The skin should be crispy and browned on the outside, and the juice should run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh. Poultry is done at 165°F degree. Serve with brown rice and your favorite salad.

Side note: according to a study done by America’s Test Kitchen {check out the video for more info}, most ovens are off 5-10 degrees! {yikes!} They recommend using the Cooper Atkins oven thermometer to monitor the temperature of your oven.

My kids really enjoy this dish and I hope yours will too! Enjoy!