Crazy Orange Turtle’s Roasted Chicken Recipe (gluten-free herb mix)

roasted chicken

Nothing is simplier and tastier on a weekend than a nice roasted chicken – it only takes a few minutes to prepare and an hour to roast. You can accompany the chicken with almost anything: pasta, rice, potatoes, salads, carrots, broccoli etc. etc. anything goes!

The key to my recipe is the spice mix and the lemon. The spice mix is great to use on any poultry dish — the mix makes enough for this recipe and more for storage, so you can just pull it out and use it whenever you make poultry.

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken
  • 1 lemon
  • Crazy’s chicken spice mix, enough to cover chicken (recipe below)
  • salt (if desired)

Directions

  1. Wash and pat dry the chicken
  2. Rub Crazy’s spice mix all over the surface of the chicken, along with salt (if desired)
  3. Cut lemon in half, shove one half of the lemon into the chicken, this will keep the chicken nice and moist
  4. The other half of the lemon should be juiced, and the juiced poured over the top of the chicken
  5. Roast chicken at 400F (205C) until the internal temperature of the dark meat reaches 170F (76C), this will take 40 minutes to an hour depending on the size of your chicken. If the internal temperature still has not reached the appropirate temperature after an hour, just keep roasting – you just have yourself a very large chicken.
  6. Remove from roasting pan and carve. I like cutting the chicken into quarters instead of carving. Whatever you do, please enjoy!

Crazy’s Chicken Spice Mix

In a small bowl combine the following dried herbs and spices:

  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) rosemary, preferably ground but whole works as well
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) oregano
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) sage
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) powdered ginger
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) marjoram
  • 1 1/2 (7.5 mL) teaspoons thyme
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) minced parsley
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) smoked paprika

Mix well, and store extra in an air tight container

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Roasted, skilleted potatoes with broccoli and cheese

potatoes and broccoli for uploading

This is a really simple side dish that is very, very tasty. I love to use red skinned fingerling potatoes to give the dish colour, but really if you care more about taste than appearance any old potato will work just as well. I also use frozen broccoli — which means I tend to make this dish when I’ve run out of fresh broccoli and need to go shopping. I have made it with fresh broccoli with excellent results, so whatever you have in the house will work just fine.

Materials:

  • Oven-proof skillet
  • cutting board
  • knife
  • wooden spoon
  • cheese grater

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (500 mL) broccoli spears, fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups (500 mL) fingerling potatoes cut in half, or regular potatoes cut in cubes
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) roughly chopped shallot or onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, cut in quarters lengthwise
  • 1.5 cups (300 mL) vegetable stock
  • fresh rosemary sprig
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  1. Place vegetable stock, potatoes, garlic, and shallots in skillet. Cover and cook on high heat for 5 minutes, then remove lid and cook on med-high until all the vegetable stock has been boiled down. About 10 minutes. Make sure you stir a few times to ensure potatoes are evenly cooked.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 400F (250C)
  3. Remove spent rosemary and then put skillet, uncovered, in the oven for 10 minutes, or until potatoes are beginning to brown
  4. Temporarily remove skillet from the oven, mix the broccoli in with the potatoes and then return to the oven for 10 minutes
  5. Put cheese on top of broccoli and potatoes, bake another 2 minutes or until cheese is melted
  6. Enjoy!

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