Monday, April 7, 2014

Organic Lemon Basil Roasted Chicken

This is an easy meal that is great for the whole family.  If you think buying organic chicken is too expensive for your family, try buying the whole bird.  It's usually much cheaper and just as healthy and delicious.  While I was pregnant, my family and I made a full commitment to only buy organic chicken, wild caught fish and grass-fed beef.  Not only is it better for the animals themselves, but it is also MUCH better for our health.  There are definitely ways to make it cheaper.  I buy frozen wild caught salmon from Costco, whole organic chickens from Costco, and purchased a 1/2 cow from a local farmer who raises non-gmo 100% grass fed and finished beef.  I highly suggest checking out your local farmers market for other less expensive organic options.  No, you do not need to buy everything at  Whole Foods.

1 whole Organic Chicken, giblets removed
1/4c chopped or sliced fresh basil (organic if you can find it)
1/4c organic extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1tbs dijon mustard 
5 drops DoTerra Lemon Essential Oil (buy here)
1 drop DoTerra Basil Essential Oil (buy here)
Fresh ground sea salt & cracked black pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Line a roasting pan with foil for easy clean up.  Rinse your bird and pat dry.  Place on the pan.
2. In a small bowl, mix olive oil, garlic, dijon, fresh basil, lemon oil and basil oil.  Add a bit of salt and pepper and mix well.
3. Using your hands, rub the oil mixture all over the bird (on top of the skin and underneath the skin directly on the meat).  Add extra salt and pepper to the top of the skin and inside the cavity of the bird.
4. Place in the oven and let roast 25 minutes or until the skin is nice and crispy brown.
5. Reduce the heat to 375 degrees and cook another 20-30 minutes or until the breast reaches 165 degrees and the thigh reaches 180 degrees. 
6. Remove from the oven, slice and serve.  Delicious with a baked sweet potato and a simple green salad.  Done.

What's up with the Essential Oils?
Check out my sister blog Aroma Nurse for more information on the therapeutic power of essential oils and other crazy hippie crap that works.

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