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Oven Roasted Rotisserie Style Chicken

July 26, 2017

Dusts my apron off to bring you this oven roasted rotisserie style chicken…

Often I see a car in my area with a sticker on it that says something about loving your family by cooking them good food. Don’t quote me on it, but it is something to that tune and I believe that is so true. Life is tiring enough, might as well eat good food.

We’ve been rotating the same quick meals over and over these past two months. The children head back to school on Monday which means I’m back to meal prepping. I’ve been perusing a few new cookbooks I’ve picked up and I am exciting about trying out some new recipes and sharing them here.

Sunday, I relied on an old faithful recipe for oven roasted rotisserie style chicken slow cooked in the oven. If you don’t have a rotisserie at home, slow cooking and using a flavorful dry rub will give you the same effect. I do suggest using a roasting pan to make sure you get the crispy skin on top.

Dry rub for the perfect oven roasted rotisserie style chicken.

Oven Roasted Rotisserie Style Chicken

This dry rub is so simple and I’m absolutely sure you already have everything in your pantry to whip this up.

Wash your chicken well, and pat the skin dry. {There is an article floating around about whether or not to wash chicken prior to cooking. I always wash mine.}

Then you want to coat the chicken with olive oil, if you are in the mood to be unhealthy use melted butter like me!

how to cook rotisserie chicken

Once you’ve smeared on your flavorful liquid of choice rub in the spices. The chicken is now ready for the oven.

how to cook rotisserie chicken

After 2.5 hours cooked at 300 degrees let the chicken set for about 10 minutes before digging in.

If you are being intentional about making your life easier during the week, you will have leftover meat so think about other recipes you can use with the leftovers like pulled chicken sandwiches, chicken salad or quesadillas or omelets. Here is a recipe I made with pulled chicken that was really quick and tasty.

How to make the perfect oven roasted rotisserie style chicken.

 

how to cook an oven roasted rotisserie style chicken.

 

Oven Roasted Rotisserie Style Chicken
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Ingredients
  • 3 or 4lb whole chicken w/gizzards removed ( I use organic whole chickens. They are super cheap at Aldi)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or melted butter
  • 1 TBSP Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Thyme
  • 1TBSP Paprika
  • 2 tsps Ground Pepper
  • 1TBSP Onion Powder
  • 1TBSP Garlic Powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees
  2. Mix all of the seasonings together to create the dry rub
  3. Coat chicken in either oil or melted butter
  4. Add dry rub to chicken. There will be more than enough rub to really season well
  5. Bake for 2-2.5 hours ( in the last 20 minutes of cooking I used the juices to baste the top of the chicken every 5 minutes or so)
  6. Remove from oven and let set for 10 minutes prior to serving

Homemade oven roasted rotisserie style chicken recipe.

Homemade Taco Seasoning
Food Recipes

Homemade Taco Seasoning

May 24, 2017

The laziness of Summer that shall commence in 5…4…3..2….1 will render my kitchen half operable to difficult meals. The bare minimum of kitchen and cooking things will consist of paper utensils/plates, one pot meals, grilled cheese/PB&J sandwiches, and tacos.

Lots of tacos.

I make my taco seasoning from scratch, and would you believe me if I told you  I’m pretty certain you have all of the ingredients already in your pantry?

Whip up a few batches of this super easy seasoning mix and store for use on taco Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and… Even consider making it a cooking activity with the kids for a Summer activity.

This healthier and preservative free mix tastes a ton better than the box, as with anything.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

 

 

Homemade Taco Seasoning
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Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • 1 TBSP Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsps Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together and store in airtight container or glass jar.
  2. Add mixture to 1 lb of ground turkey or beef and add 1 cup of water
  3. Bring meat and seasoning mixture to low simmer
  4. Serve

What’s on your minimalist Summer menu rotation?

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Five Easy Summer Sangrias

May 17, 2017

Nothing says Summer like a nice cold Sangria. Ask me how I know. I like to call them porch cocktails to be exact and I have a whole Pinterest board devoted to those drinks that are patio/girl talk friendly. From fruity to  classic, I have you covered with recipes for the top 5 Summer sangrias to enjoy this season!

Pioneer Woman Watermelon Sangria

This Watermelon Sangria is a little intense with the cutting of the watermelon but so worth it. My advice? Make a big batch to make it worth your while.

Pioneer Woman Watermelon Sangria

 

Strawberry Sangria

A little sweet and a little citrus”y”. If you are not a fan of citrus leave out the oranges and it will still be delicious. Find the recipe here.

Strawberry Sangria

 

Classic Sangria

I haven’t tried this one but it can be made virgin by substituting the red wine with mineral grape juice. This is a Martha Stewart recipe so I’m sure it is good.

Classic Sangria

 

Sweet Tea Sangria

Yum.mers. I was a little skeptical of this one because I don’t like my sweet tea mixed with anything….including lemonade. This one was really good. Find this recipe on the Wicked Noodle

Sweet Tea Sangria

 

Raspberry Lemonade Sangria

A little on the sweet side but good. If you are not a fan of overly sweet drinks this one might not be for you but it is good. You can find the recipe here. The recipe called for frozen lemondade, I substituted with Simply Raspberry Lemonade. If you know anything about Simply juices you already know this was good!

Raspberry Lemonade Sangria

Hope this round up gives you somewhere to start with entertaining for the remainder of the Summer. Cheers!

Be sure to stop by and visit the other four wonderful ladies that make up the Fab Top Five series

Bernetta Style | Top 5 Summer Exercises for Moms

Kokoa Mag | Top 5 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer

Everyday Eyecandy | Top 5 Quick Summer Getaways from Atlanta

Fab Haute Mama | Top 5 Ice Cream Shops in Atlanta

 

SUMMERSANGRIAS

 

 

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Watermelon Guacamole

April 17, 2017

Thanks to the enormous amount of pollen that currently coats the floor of my outdoor porch, it is not officially open for business. During this time it is undergoing a transition in preparation for its official opening activities on May 5. I’m keeping the party fare light, and seeing as how Cinco de Mayo wouldn’t be right without some guac, I’m adding a little spin with my watermelon guacamole recipe. Perfect with tortilla chips or placed upon watermelon wedges, this is the perfect guac recipe for any Summer shindig.

Cinco de Mayo happens on a Friday this year. This. Is. Not. A. Drill!

Watermelon Guacamole

 

Watermelon Guacamole

Watermelon Guacomole

This super easy recipe includes avocados (duh), watermelon, purple onion, cilantro, lime, kosher salt, and feta cheese.

Ingredients:

3 Large Avocados

1-2 cups cubed watermelon

⅓  cup chopped fresh cilantro

¼ cup chopped red onion

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese

Kosher Salt

Pepper

Instructions:

Mash avocados well, adding in fresh lime juice to wet mixture as you go. Add more if necessary. Once avocados are mashed well, add in remaining ingredients and stir. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Cinco de Mayo festivities on a Friday surely means the party shall last all weekend long! A Cinco de Mayo party isn’t a Cinco de Mayo party without some drinks and cocktails to kick off a little Summer fun and inspire you to let loose and enjoy the weather and fellowship that the season brings.

 

Watermelon Guacamole

 

Watermelon Guacamole

Corona and Modelo pairs well with the sweet and saltiness of the watermelon guacamole making the pairs a sure fire hit with your party goers, or yourself, whatever mood you are in!

Watermelon Guacamole

Cinco de Mayo and porch season is going to be lit this year, I can’t wait until the porch officially opens for the season. Nothing brings me more joy when the weather gets warm than fellowshipping over good food, good music and good drinks. This watermelon guacamole, chips and drinks will be in heavy rotation throughout the season! And because watermelon is my jam, my famous watermelon cucumber salad will be on the scene too.

I hope you enjoy it as well!

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