This Chicken Roast Will Melt Away Your Holiday Pounds!

By   |   January 19, 2017   |   Get Fit

Hey Divas! Entertainment Gal has taken on a new healthy lifestyle, and she’s eager to share her discoveries with you. Check out her first installment – a healthy cooking recipe that sounds too delish!

I am a firm believer that healthy eating doesn’t mean boring eating. I’m continuously looking for different ways to cook the same things as a way to add variety. Like most healthy eaters, chicken is a huge staple, and it can get old if you don’t put in a little effort. The recipe below is a basic recipe that can be altered to your particular taste. The chicken itself will be melt-in-your-mouth tender.

Chicken in a Parcel
• 1 chicken (however many pounds you choose)
• 4 black peppercorns
• 4 sprigs of flat-leaf parsley
• 12 pearl onions
• 2 cloves (I used allspice because it’s what I had on hand)
• 2 tablespoons melted butter
• Salt, preferably sea salt

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Sprinkle the chicken cavity with salt. Add peppercorns, two parsley sprigs and 2 pearl onions, each studded with a clove.

3. Close the opening (you can sew it or use toothpicks). Fold wings behind the back of the chicken.

4. Rub the skin with salt, brush with melted butter and place in the middle of a large sheet of aluminum foil.

5. Place the remaining peppercorns, parsley sprigs and pearl onions around the chicken and wrap the chicken completely in the foil.

6. Roast for 30 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350°F and roast another 30 minutes, until the chicken is tender and cooked through. Open package at the table and serve.

A couple of notes: if you don’t have a meat thermometer, get one. They are invaluable. Case in point, because the skin doesn’t get brown or crisp, you can’t use it to judge when your chicken is done. I ended up having to cook my chicken an additional 30 minutes. I wouldn’t have known to do that without a meat thermometer. I’m not sure why I needed that extra time; it may have been because I used grill foil which is thicker than regular foil.

Happy cooking and better eating!

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