Kids tend to really like chicken! It’s mild in flavour, easy to chew AND incredibly versatile. When you master cooking a “chook”, life just becomes easier, frees up your time to BE with the kids rather than a slave to the kitchen AND you can rest comfortably with the knowledge that you have their unique “growing” needs covered. You’ll be “all over it” as my sister would say!
You would know I am all about building resilience for our kids every which way possible so that their body’s energy is geared toward optimal growth and health potential NOT in damage control from a poor diet or overworked immune system. Sadly “in damage control” is where the vast majority of kids sit thanks to a lack of understanding about what food actually does at a fundamental level. But if you are following my work then that’s not you so worry not a moment more!
So let’s get back to “chook”! Chicken is a food that is loaded with great nutrition and benefits. It provides the protein building blocks that build a healthy body and support immune health. It is also loaded with minerals and vitamins that are vital for healthy cellular processes and it’s considered especially beneficial for heart health. I ALWAYS recommend sourcing organic and pastured where possible. We love the Southampton Homestead Chickens for their SUPERIOR flavour, you have never tasted anything like them.
Then it’s all down to the cooking. My dad used to cook us chicken in a special ceramic baking dish called a Romertopf Clay Pot. I am blessed to have inherited his and I have to say there is nothing that beats it! All you have to do is season your bird, pop it in the pot, bake it in the oven for 1 1/2 – 2 hours on 180C and you have a moist, tender chicken ready to be served with your family’s choice of sides!
Of course, we tend to do more than this simple recipe, I have shown 2 here that have been seriously boosted with additional herbs and spices to create true health boosting, Medicinal Meals as I like to call them!
Firstly I have used my Power Pastes, the “Green Immune Boosting Power Paste” and my “Spiced UP Power Paste” which not only add to tremendous flavour BUT provide our children with bug fighting potential and cell building goodness.
To see how easy it is to make a Power Paste check it out right here. These recipes and MORE will be in my upcoming online program available in July. Then you can simply smother the “chook” with the paste, inside the cavity, under the skin and bake it in the Romertopf Clay Pot at 180C for 1 1/2 – 2 hours. You can even slow cook it in the oven at 120C for 5 hours, remove the lid and finish it at 180C for 30-40 minutes to crisp up the skin and make it lusciously golden.
For the “green” chook, I cut an orange in half and stuck that in the cavity and used 1/4 cup of GREEN “Power Paste” and smothered it under the skin and in the cavity. With any remaining juices you can pour them into a pan, whilst the chook is resting at the end of cooking, and simmer it to make a jus, a thin gravy, which of course is divine drizzled over the top!
For the Spiced Up “Power Paste” Chook I mixed the paste with 2 tbsp tamari and 1/4 cup of honey as well as about 1 heaped tsp of thyme leaves for extra infection fighting potential. Roast as above, the result is amazing! Remember to keep an eye out for the upcoming program for ALL the “Power Paste” recipes.
Leftover chicken can be:
- made into chicken pancakes
- slapped between thickly buttered organic sourdough and made into an uber delicious and healthy sandwich
- diced with avo, kraut and home-made mayo and rolled into nori sheets or lettuce leaves
- simmered with sauteed onion and veggies and turned into a pie
- added to frittata and quiche
So now you have a delicious Medicinal Meal AND further meals completely sorted! Now that’s just plain smart. Learning to think ahead with meal planning saves time, money and stress, what’s not to love about that?