You and your family will adore this tender and juicy chicken dinner that can be thrown in the oven and forgotten about! 

As summer starts to cool down and we begin to make the seasonal transition into fall I like to celebrate this transition with roasting a chicken! To me there is nothing more classic than a roasted chicken and believe it or not buying a whole chicken is a great way to stretch a dollar and set you up with some leftovers for the week! I have found since starting to cook AIP and CEP that it does not take much to make something taste good. It doesn't  have to be overly complicated to be delicious and beneficial towards healing.

Think simple: salt, herbs, garlic, some fruits or vegetables roasted alongside to compliment. If you are going to start cooking somewhere. Start here. You will not be disappointed.Just promise me you won't underseason the chicken. That. would. be. a .shame.  

One thing you will notice is I love adaptable food. Roasted chicken my friends is 100 percent adaptable. Its the perfect vehicle for whatever flavors you are craving in the moment. On this particular day I was craving something salty and sweet so I decided to pair my chicken with some sweet and tangy green grapes, olives, and shallots. If you are following the elimination phase of the CEP protocol sub the shallots for leeks.  

 If you don't have much time to cook in the evening you should get in the habit of roasting chickens because you can easily throw all the ingredients onto a roasting pan, stick it in the oven, then forget about it!  Roasted chicken has the ability to not only make it on your dinner table for a weeknight meal, but also as a holiday staple because it is just so dang gorgeous.I love to serve my roasted chicken with a big salad of red leaf lettuce and some raw veggies and herbs. Alright lets get to roasting!




Roasted Chicken with Olives and Grapes 

Prep Time  -  Cook Time  -  Total Time

  10 min        1 hr 10 min      1 hr 20 min

Ingredients:

1 whole chicken 4 lb

1 1/2 lb grapes

2 tsp. salt

3 tbsp. fresh thyme or 3 tsp. dried thyme (use dried if you are trying to save time)

4 garlic cloves minced or 2 tsp. garlic powder

3/4 C. kalamata olives 

4-6 shallots halved *for CEP use 1 leek sliced

For the inside of the cavity: 

10 thyme sprigs

4 garlic cloves left whole 

1 tsp. salt 

Instructions:

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. 

2. Rinse and pat the chicken dry. 

3. Season the inside of the chicken cavity with 1 tsp. salt, 4 garlic cloves, and 10 sprigs of thyme. 

4. In a small bowl mix together the salt, thyme, garlic and season the outside of the entire chicken. Don't be afraid to load the chicken up with seasoning! 

5. Arrange the chicken breast side up in the center of a parchment lined roasting pan. Arrange bunches of grapes, shallots, and olives around the chicken, and drizzle a little bit of olive oil over it with a pinch of salt. 

6. Roast in the oven for 1 hr and 10 min until the breast meat reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. 

7. Let rest for 10 minutes before you serve.


Kellie is a wife, mamma, health coach, and recipe developer for MyCrazyJourney. Celiac disease, digestive issues and a plethora of food intolerances led her to AIP in 2014 and the CEP in 2017. She and her family have since adopted a modified version of these templates. Her goal is to inspire others to take their health into their own hands by cooking foods that are creative, fun, and contributive to health and wellness. Kellie's background is in art and education, but she has always had a passion for food and it's powerful healing properties. Many of her creations are inspired by her experiences and designed to be enjoyed by the entire family! You can find Kellie here at MyCrazyJourney writing guest posts and on Instagram.

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