"Wait! Where are you going mom? You just going to leave me in here while you go have fun in the kitchen?"
"Oh all right I will occupy myself for a while"
One of the things I have discovered while trying to save on my monthly grocery bill is that buying whole chickens is cheaper than just buying parts of a chicken. You get more bang for your buck. Plus a couple of different meals out of it. Yesterday I cooked a whole 5.5lb chicken. This chicken will give me three different dinners. The first night chicken breast with salad and rice. The second night Garlic Chicken Quinoa. The third night Chicken Pad Thai!
Here are the directions on how to roast a chicken:
All you need is three simple ingredients a chicken (organic 5.5lb chicken found on sale at Fred Meyers for $9 non organic same size was on sale for $6 dollars), 3-5tsp of black pepper and 6-8 cloves of garlic.
Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees or 325 for a softer more moist chicken (if lower temp cook for 2-3 hours)
Remove giblets and neck from chicken
rub the chicken cavity with 1/2 a teaspoon of salt , 1/2 a teaspoon of black pepper and 3 crushed cloves of garlic
Use remaining black pepper and garlic cloves to rub outside of chicken.
Place chicken in pan. Drizzle Olive Oil over top. Place in oven. Roast 45 minutes or until temperature in thigh reaches 175 degrees F when meat thermometer is inserted. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
First nights dinner garlic roasted chicken with side salad
Second nights dinner (garlic chicken quinoa) with a side of homemade meatballs courtesy of my mum.
Day Three's dinner: Garlic Chicken Pad Thai. We also had a side salad with this. The green you see is stir fried chard. Yummy.