Cats, Walks and Savory Roasted Chicken

butter followsFive cats.

We included them to come up with 3 of the 5 F’s in our suburban farm’s name  – – ‘…FIVE FELINE FARM’.

When I take my late afternoon walks, invariably one or two of the kitties rush out to join me.. at least part of the way.

It’s a long private driveway, so they make it as far as the curve before deciding to sit and watch me disappear around the corner.

Sometimes they duck into the bushes and disappear before I do.

butter and basheera

Yesterday both Butterball and Basheera scampered out of the yard ready to join Mama for a walk.

After the usual sniffing one another (what’s up with that?  I mean they were just playing in the yard 10 seconds ago. When would they have had time to dab new perfume on?), they trotted along behind me.

Basheera (black fluffy thing) is the baby of the lot.  You may recall I picked her up from Petco on a whim about 2 years ago. butter and basheera 2

Well, there they sat.. waving goodbye with their droopy eyes.  I walked backwards to watch, until I got to the corner.

No rain in sight this day.  We haven’t seen any for over a month.

I was greeted by a lovely sky though.. colors ranging from blue to pink and all shades in between.

Twilight sky Before I left on my walk I popped an organic chicken in the oven to roast.

This way dinner will be mostly ready when I return, and I get a 40 minutes to exercise on a weeknight.

We only eat Organic, Range-free chicken. This fresh one came from Trader Joe’s.

chicken TJFor me there just isn’t anything to compare with a freshly roasted, juicy, well-seasoned chicken!

An End and a Means

This roasted chicken is good to enjoy as is, or better yet, shredded into the most popular type of sandwich served in Lebanese quick-serve restaurants: Djej ou Toum (literally, Chicken and Garlic).

It is served in a freshly toasted french baguette, with sliced cucumber pickles and other condiments to order! Heaven!

Toum is a fluffy, garlic mayonnaise, with nothing but fresh garlic, salt, lemon and oil.  It’s about the most awesome condiment I can think of.  SUUPER healthy and goes with just about anything… even a plain piece of bread.

Garlic offers anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant benefits.

Hoda’s Herb-stuffed Roasted Chicken

Pre-heat oven to 425ºF.

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Hoda’s Herb Stuffed Roasted Chicken
  • 4 – 5 lb. fresh organic Chicken, range-free
  • 1/2 c. diced organic Celery
  • 1/2 c. roughly chopped organic Parsley
  • 1/4 c. chopped organic Scallion

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    Stuffing for Chicken
  • 1 organic Lemon, cut in half
  • 6 -7 whole organic Garlic cloves
  • 1/2 small white Onion sliced
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 2 Bay leaves

For rub:

  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Paprika

To cover:

  • Parchment paper
  • Foil

Remove any wrapped organ meats from chicken.  Turn right up to let juices drain into sink.  Do not rinse.

Place in a 3 – 4 inch deep roasting dish, and blot inside and out with unbleached paper towels.

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Stuffed and Seasoned Chicken

Place all ingredients (except for rub spices) in chicken cavity.

Rub outside with spices, and you could place some under skin if desired.

Note: You can tie legs together with twine for a prettier presentation.  I didn’t do that this time.

Tear a 6″ wide piece of parchment paper and lay it lengthwise over chicken.

TIP: I always do this when I use Aluminum Foil against foods, since aluminum is a heavy metal that is toxic to our system.

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Cover chicken with parchment

This is good practice when you wrap any meats, sandwiches, vegetables, etc.. Wax paper is fine to use when the items are room temp or cold (not hot).Tear a large piece of foil, and use over parchment to cover entire chicken.

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Cover chicken completely with foil

Pop chicken in the oven.  Roast covered for 1-1/2 hours (if using a 5 lb chicken), then remove foil and paper for the last 30 minutes.  You want to figure on about 20 minutes /pound.

Insert kitchen thermometer in thickest part of thigh to test if done.  It should register 165ºF.  You can also slice down the thigh joint to the bone to see if any redness still exists.

Let chicken rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

♥♥ Toum recipe in separate post. ♦♦

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Hoda’s juicy, tender Herb-stuffed Chicken

6 thoughts on “Cats, Walks and Savory Roasted Chicken

  1. That’s a great idea about using parchment paper over the meat if it has to be covered with aluminum while roasting. Funny that I never thought of that because I always line aluminum cookie sheets with parchment so the cookies don’t come into contact with the heated aluminum, but I never thought about protecting meats from foil wrap! Thanks so much for the great suggestion. Your kitties are too cute!

    1. Glad that was helpful! I’m very OCD about stuff like this… lol. My poor family. But it’s all for their well being.
      Caught up on some post reading today. So very glad your pouch is healthy and active again.


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