Herb-Butter Roast Chicken

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Another November is upon us and it’s time to start thinking about those festive meals…

Roast chicken is one of my favorite dishes to prepare during the holidays – it’s relatively easy, everybody loves it, and it’s a great excuse to roast some vitamin-rich veggies while you’re at it!

This recipe is straight-forward and pretty much foolproof, and always seems to be a huge hit. The butter leaves the chicken moist and the herbs add just enough flavor to pique interest without detracting from other festive side dishes.

The trick though is to massage the bird, so let’s get our hands buttered up!

INGREDIENTS

A 3 to 4 lb whole raw chicken, thawed
2 x 4 tablespoons grass-fed butter
2 x 1 teaspoon dried basil
2 x 1 teaspoon dried cilantro
2 x 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
8 to 12 fresh basil leaves

RECIPE

Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Place the chicken in an oven-safe dish.
Melt the first 4 tablespoons of butter.
Add the first teaspoon of basil, the first teaspoon of cilantro, and the first teaspoon of garlic into the melted butter and stir.
Using your hands, massage the herb-butter mix into the raw chicken, getting in under the skin as well. The chicken should be very well smothered in the butter mix before it enters the oven.
Once you’ve buttered it up, place the chicken dish in the oven to roast for 25 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the oven and turn the oven temperature down to 325 degrees F.
Make the second batch of butter-herb mix and repeat the massaging process, this time, flipping the chicken onto its back first and basting the underside, then positioning it back on its stomach and rubbing the herb-butter mix into the rest of the body, before placing it back in the oven for 1 hour.

Once the hour is up, remove the chicken from the oven and, using a baster pump, suck up the excess herb-butter mix surrounding the chicken in the pan and pour it over the chicken. Decorate the chicken with fresh basil leaves.

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Place the chicken back in the oven to roast until the interior temperature of the meaty thigh reaches 165 degrees F.

Remove the dish from the oven, slice the chicken and serve while warm.

Happy Holidays!

Camilla Carboni

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Seasonal Menu

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Dinner party season is headed our way and we know how hard it can be to come up with a Paleo-friendly dinner selection that caters to even the most discerning guest.

So, to make your life easier, we’ve put together a 5 course Seasonal Menu, that you can follow entirely, or pick and choose from to make your own perfect Paleo dinner.

Let’s get started with the first course…simply click the links for each item below to be directed to the easy to follow recipe.

1st COURSE

Pear and Prosciutto Salad – This simple yet decadent salad option is a great light and tasty start to any dinner.

2nd COURSE

Bacon Wrapped Dates with Cashew “Cheese” – A guest post recipe that we adore, this appetizer is a great way to show off how traditional recipes can be adapted to become Paleo-friendly.

3rd COURSE

French Onion Soup – This soup is always a favorite and makes for a great introduction into the main course of a dinner serving.

4th COURSE

Apple Thyme Roast Chicken – A delicious main dish that’s complete with an apple stuffing and can be roasted alongside vegetables of your choice.

Cauliflower Mash – Roast this dish in the oven alongside the chicken and have a heathy substitute to traditional mashed potatoes.

5th COURSE

Sweet Potato Pie – A twist on the ever-popular Pumpkin Pie, this recipe is the perfect end to a seasonal dinner party.

 

Now that should impress your guests this holiday season!

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Date And Apricot Glazed Orange Chicken

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This is the perfect dish to keep you warm as we head into the fall and winter months. It’s sweet and delicious but surprisingly filling. It also won’t take you longer than 15 minutes to make which means it is the perfect go to dish when you’re in a hurry. Not to mention that dried dates and apricots store well, so you can always keep them handy and keep this as a backup meal option.

One pot, 15 minutes to cook and nutritious…what’s not to love?

INGREDIENTS

1 chicken breast (6 – 8 ounces)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons coconut oil
1/8 cup dried dates, sliced
1/8 cup dried apricots, sliced
1/2 cup water
1 orange, juiced

RECIPE

In a frying pan, heat coconut oil on medium heat.
Season chicken breast with salt, place in frying pan.
Add 1/2 of the orange juice to pan, cover and cook for roughly 4 – 5 minutes. (reduce heat slightly if juice is cooking off too fast)
Reduce heat to low.
Flip chicken and add remaining orange juice, dates, apricots and water. Cover and cook for 4 – 5 minutes.
After ensuring chicken is cooked through, remove and place on serving dish.
Increase heat to medium and continue to cook juice, dates and apricots (uncovered) until mixture reduces down. You’ll know the mixture is done when you still have liquid with the dates and apricots but the liquid is thick like honey. (You do not want to cook all the liquid off, this should just take a minute or two.)
Remove from heat and drizzle mixture over chicken.
You’re ready to eat.

I hope this dish keeps you happy and warm as we head into winter. If you’re watching your carbs or are craving a particular level of sweetness feel free to adjust the amount of dates and apricots added.

Happy Fall!

Melissa Van Dover

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Mediterranean Dinner Menu

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I’ve been on a Mediterranean kick lately when it comes to my meal choices. Thankfully we have several paleo-Mediterranean recipes on the blog. To show case these fantastic meal options we’ve put together a menu of delicious recipes.

This menu is perfect for a dinner party or even a themed dinner for the family.

Mediterranean Dinner Menu

  1. 5 Minute Olive Tapenade– A great start to a fantastic meal.
  2. Mediterranean Gnocchi– A great starter or main course.
  3. Paleo Tzatziki Sauce– The perfect sauce to dress your gyros.
  4. Paleo Garlic Naan– This may have been created from Indian inspiration but it’s the perfect wrap for your gyros.
  5. Beef Gyros, Lamb Gyros & Chicken Gyros– It’s your choice but let us warn you…all options are delicious!
  6. Date Orange Loaf– Of course we can’t end without something sweet.

We hope you enjoy this menu as much as we enjoyed preparing it for you.

Happy Dining!

Melissa Van Dover

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Chicken Gyros

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We hinted a couple weeks ago that we’d be delivering a lighter take on our paleo beef gyros. Today we’re delivering it. Here’s our paleo take on traditional chicken gyros. Just like our beef gyros, our chicken gyros are healthy, nutritious and filling. They are a guilt free meal that will keep you fueled throughout the day. Did we mention that they are easy and quick to make?

INGREDIENTS

2 chicken breasts, sliced, preferably less that 1/4″ thick
1/2 onion, diced
1 – 2 tablespoons avocado oil (or coconut oil)
1 teaspoon garlic flakes
1 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon all spice
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 serving Paleo Tzatziki Sauce
1 serving Paleo Garlic Naan Bread
Desired garnish (i.e. lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers)

RECIPE

In a frying pan, heat oil to medium heat.
Add onions and sauté until they are slightly brown, roughly 5 mins.
Reduce to medium-low heat.
Add chicken, garlic, oregano, cumin, allspice, lemon juice, salt and pepper to frying pan.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until meat is cooked through.
To plate: Stuff our “paleo garlic naan bread” with meat mixture, tzatziki sauce and desired garnish.
You’re ready to eat!

That’s all and you end up with a delicious and filling meal. As we promised a lighter fare gyro! We hope you enjoy this delicious, quick and easy meal.

Happy Eating!

Melissa Van Dover

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Lemon Butter Chicken Roast

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Roast chicken is always a great dish to serve when entertaining, or even to make to portion off and have delicious pre-cooked protein available throughout the week.

This Lemon Butter Chicken Roast recipe is easy to make and comes hot out of the oven with tenderness and favor.

INGREDIENTS

1 whole baby chicken (about 3 lbs), fresh or defrosted
4 tablespoons grass-fed butter (2 x 2 tablespoons)
2 teaspoons garlic, fresh chopped or powder granules (2 x 1 teaspoon)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (2 x 1 tablespoon)

RECIPE

Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Place the chicken upside down in the center of a large oven dish and separate the legs.
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter and pour it into a small bowl.
Mix into the butter 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of garlic.
Reach under the skin and coat the chicken with a generous amount of the lemon butter mixture on all sides. Pour the remainder of the mixture over the chicken and set in the oven for 25 minutes.
After 25 minutes, repeat the above – mix the other 2 tablespoons of melted butter with 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon garlic and coat the chicken.
Turn the oven temperature down to 325 degrees F and place the chicken back in the oven to roast for about another 45 minutes to an hour.
Once the chicken is well cooked (the interior temperature on a thermometer reaches 165 degrees F), remove the bird from the oven and allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes.
Drizzle the natural juices from the oven dish over the chicken pieces for extra lemon butter flavor and to add moisture before slicing and serving.

Note: While this recipe does not call for the removal of the neck and giblets, as these parts of the chicken are excellent sources of protein, they can certainly be removed, or kept separate and cooked later on the stove top if preferred. To learn more about Nose To Tail eating, click here.

Camilla Carboni

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Crock-pot Chicken Curry Soup

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Sometimes there’s nothing quite like a comforting bowl of chicken soup.

For decades, chicken soup has been believed to cure common colds and provide essentials via the moist broth that chicken exudes. Often chicken soups contain vegetable oils, legumes and wheat flour for thickening, but truthfully there is no need to add anything but natural ingredients.

In this crock-pot recipe, chicken soup gets a spice kick and a whole lot of ethnic flavor.

INGREDIENTS

1 large organic yam, chopped
1 pound chicken breast, boneless and skinless, sliced into bite sized pieces
2 yellow tomatoes
1/4 cup coconut milk (full fat, canned)
1 tablespoon ghee butter
4 bay leaves
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon medium yellow curry powder
1 jalapeño, sliced thinly
1/2 cup water

RECIPE

Place all the ingredients into a medium crock-pot. Stir and set the crock-pot to the 4 hour, high setting.

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Stir occasionally, about once every hour.
Once the 4 hours have passed, check to see that the yams and soft and if they are, the dish is ready to enjoy.
Serve immediately or turn the crock-pot down to low heat and enjoy later that day, or refrigerate or freeze for enjoying later.

That’s an easy and flavorful soup recipe for a rainy day,

Camilla Carboni

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