I talk honestly and openly about my experiences with mental illness, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome through the lens of feminism, fat acceptance and process theology. I also do recipe and book reviews. My mission is to spread the message that hope is always real for a better life, despite living in a world that is often very harsh.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Day 28 - My First Cooked Whole Chicken

It is day 28 and I have to write about the first time I did something.  Just a few weeks ago I baked a whole chicken for the first time.  I know you're thinking, "Finally!  A post about food!"  At least I am!    I love posting about good recipes, especially since I came up for the way I prepared the chicken all by myself.

First, I removed the giblets.  Then I combined EVOO, salt and pepper, and Tajin together.  I coated the inside and outside of the chicken with the mixture.
Tajin is a spice that my mom and I recently discovered at our local farmer's market.  It's absolutely wonderful!  From its red color, you would think that it's spicy, but it's not.  It actually has more of a lime flavor and is sort of addicting.  The makers of the spice must know this, because it even says on the label, "This is not a candy!"  It tastes good on anything with cheese or potatoes.  You can sprinkle it on your soup, use it in a marinade for meat or vegetables, or put it on a grilled cheese sandwich.  I've even used it to season a woefully under-seasoned fish sandwich from a restaurant one time.  

After basting the chicken, I cut up a lemon and stuffed the chicken with onions and the lemon slices.  (The onion was already cut up.  I hate chopping onions, so I usually buy my onion already sliced.  Yes, I'm a wimp...)  I then put it in the oven for about an hour and a half at 375 degrees.  Make sure that the meat thermometer reads 180 degrees when you're done. I am very impatient and I kept checking on the chicken way before I knew it would be done and even started cutting up the chicken and then had to put it back in the oven in pieces to cook some more, because I realized that the inside was still pink.  It's a little funny now that I think of it.

Here is a picture of the chicken not quite done yet.  Still very pretty, I think.
Despite my impatience, the chicken turned out very well.  It was juicy and the skin was spectacular.  I know eating the skin probably isn't the healthiest, but I couldn't help myself.

There are some dishes that every grown-up needs to know how to make.  In 2009, I made my first pork roast and it was so good I called it pork candy.  I felt very grown-up making a pork roast and I felt very grown-up making this chicken.  For some reason, baking a chicken always intimidated me, but it really shouldn't have-the only thing that was difficult about it was being patient.  If you've never cooked a chicken before, I recommend this website, helpwithcooking.com.  The cooked chicken didn't last long in my house and I am looking forward to the next time chicken is on sale!

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