I found really great, local, pasture-raised chickens at my local Whole Foods for about $3.99 a pound. Buying a whole chicken = dinner for the family for under 12 bucks. Paleo bargain! Roasting a chicken is possibly one of the easiest dinners ever because there’s 2 steps: season the chicken, and put it in the oven for an hour. But stuffing it with extra flavorful ingredients adds an easy gourmaleo touch.
Citrus Thyme Roasted Chicken
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
You’ll need 1 whole chicken, with the skin on
About 12 sprigs of fresh thyme
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tablespoons Kerrrygold butter
kosher salt and black pepper
1. Rinse the chicken under cold water, and if your chicken comes with giblets inside, remove them.
2. Rub the olive oil on the entire surface of the chicken, inside and out.
3. Season the chicken, inside and out with about a Tablespoon of kosher salt and 2 teaspoons of pepper
4. Cut the orange and lemon in half. Squeeze the juice out of half the lemon and orange and rub it all over the chicken. Slice the other half into thin slices. Stuff the slices of orange and lemon and thyme inside the chicken
5. With your finger, create a pocket in between the chicken breast and the skin that covers it. Put the butter in this pocket. (This keeps the breast meat juicy and makes the skin brown and crispy)
6. Roast in the oven for about an hour or until the juices run clear.
When you’ve eaten everything off the chicken, don’t throw it away! Keep the carcass wrapped in the freezer for homemade chicken stock later.