Basic roast chicken recipe, with lime and herbs

These days I have been desperately yearning to get back to basics. Basic life, basic food basic fashion, I gravitate towards them like a magnate. These things above all others give me certainty. Certainty, that I can accomplish the little things in life.

See we moved across the country from Charleston, SC back to my hometown of Phoenix Arizona. (My husband and three children that is.)(Let me be frank and say I don’t do well with change. In fact I am a bit of a control freak, who doesn’t like the feeling of being out of control, so for me this was a big deal. ) Oh and we bought our first home, and the kids started a new school. In some ways it’s a lot of firsts for all of us.

I never thought in a MILLION years I would buy a house, let a alone in Phoenix. When I was in high school I had big, I mean BIG dreams to leave, and make it somewhere. Somewhere like NYC. I mean right? Who doesn’t want to live there?  That’s where everybody goes to make it big. In fact that is the only place to go??…NOT. No! But that is what I told myself. In my head New York was way “cooler” than dusty desert town of phoenix. Instead life carved a different path. So I chose to embrace it. Go with it. With the unknown, walk towards it become its friend.

Life of course can become chaotic at times. Especially with moving across the country, I will not sit here and tell you its been all daisy’s and roses. What I will tell you is that I made a choice. See I had two options in front of me, to choose anxiety and stress, which leads to multiple crying episodes. Or option 2, to push through. To push through the change, to walk into the unknown and know it was going to be okay. That it’s going to be okay with whatever the outcome. To know life really is out of our control, and being content in that. To know that we don’t have to break down to get there. Guess what? The best part, Pushing through feels like you WON the race. You find yourself in this random high. Then you feel like you can take on the world and you make it to the next place. Which Life is much easier and well things work out. Like a LOT! 

“Small baby steps lead you toward the big steps which then before you know it your walking on your own” – (from the movie "What about Bob") 

There might not always be stillness or certainty in life, but what I do know is you can accomplish a simple basic chicken recipe. So lets do this. Cheers Folks.

Enjoy and Happy Cooking! 

Basic Roast Chicken Recipe, With Lime and Herbs:

What you will need:

  • Roasting pan, cast iron skillet, or ceramic deep baking dish
  • 1 whole (preferably organic ) Roasting Chicken
  • 2-3 limes
  • 2 garlic bunches
  • Spices: salt pepper, fresh Oregano
  • Cutting board, Carving Knife, tea towel 
  • An Oven
  • Avocado Oil (or any other HIGH HEAT OIL Will work! ) About 1 -2 tbsp
  • Twine 

For the Recipe: 

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. While that is warming up, wash and dry your chicken set aside. Slice the limes in half. As well as break apart and smash your Garlic. Set aside. Take your oil and cover an even layer over the bottom of the pan. Then place your chicken breast up inside. Tie the chicken legs together with your twine. After you finish stuff your bird with one whole lime and one whole bunch of garlic. 

Take your oregano break apart with your hands and sprinkle over the chicken. Then squeeze your other lime all over your bird. After this add the rest of the oregano, cut limes, garlic to the pan next to the chicken. Take oil and lightly sprinkle over the top. If you desire add pepper. 

Place the chicken into the oven. Cook for about 25-35 min at 425 degrees, then turn down the oven to 350 and continue to cook for another 60 min. If your bird is larger you will need to add additional time to the cooking. 

nce it is golden brown, and you don't see any raw or pink , take it out. Take it out of the dish and place on a the cutting board for 15 min!!!! I am shouting because it will I mean will dry out if you cut into it too soon!! So let it REST !! 

Once its rested, add salt and pepper to taste then enjoy!!