30 – 60 – 90 and Nate’s spicy(ish) roasted chicken

One thing the Whole Life Challenge has brought up for me is the reminder that I actually REALLY like to cook. It’s not uncommon for me to daydream about recipes. One that I’ve been thinking up for a while and finally tried out the other night was an herbed, spicy roasted chicken. And I’m pleased to let you know that it was one of those recipes that turned out exactly like I pictured it in my head (with some help from my girlfriend who happened to go to culinary school. But I did most of the work, promise ;).). Which is always a treat. 

Take one whole chicken. Rub it down liberally in butter (grassfed, yo!), sea salt, pepper (I think fresh ground is the best but it’s fine if you don’t appreciate the finer things in life), fresh chopped garlic, oregano, red chile powder and crush red pepper. Then, take some fresh chopped green chile (well, it’s October so, ahem, frozen fresh chopped green chile) and shove it underneath the skin of the chicken. (Which should already have plenty of butter stuffed under there as well.)

As a general rule, calculate a cooking time of 20 minutes per pound of meat plus an additional 10 – 20 minutes at a temperature of 375ºF (190ºC). Therefore, a 5 lb chicken will need to be roasting in the oven for at least 1h 50 mins. A 5 lb bird will serve between 4 – 5 people.

Some people prefer to set the oven temperature to 450ºF (230ºC) and roast the bird at this high temperature for the first 10 – 15 minutes or the last 10 – 15 minutes. The rest of the time the chicken should be roasted at 375ºF (190ºC). The surge of heat will result in a really crispy and brown skin and deliciously succulent meat.

If you’re using a meat thermometer, Insert the meat thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken’s thigh, without touching the bone. When the chicken is done, the meat thermometer will have recorded a temperature of 180ºF (83ºC).

Let stand for 10 minutes.

And voila:



30 – 60 – 90 seconds (with a minute rest in between) of:
Kettlebell Swing 24/16
Kettlebell Power clean
Kettlebell Goblet squat
Kettlebell Snatch

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