Hi folks! Since I’m making you wait a few more days for the P90x menu and shopping list ebook, I thought I’d at least give you a new recipe to chew on in the meantime! I’m nice like that. =)
Whole chickens have always terrified me. In a culinary sense, and in a they-might-just-rise-up-and-kill-me-in-my-sleep kind of sense. They’re just so…well…gross. I think it must be that they have such a dead-animal vibe to them. I know, I know, boneless skinless chicken breasts are also made out of ANIMAL, but they are typically so clean and dissociated that I can block that fact out. If you are like me, and cooking is more of a challenge than a pleasure, then chances are good that whole chickens scare you too!
But when it comes to cheap and easy protein sources, cooking your chicken yourself can’t be beat. Boneless skinless chicken breasts at my grocery store usually run $2-3 per pound, where whole chicken runs only 95 cents! It’s amazing how fast that kind of savings can add up. So I decided that if you guys can exercise an hour every night for 90 days (and my hubby and thousands of you have proven that you CAN), then perhaps I can take one for the team and figure out how to cook a whole chicken. =)
I’ve used this (a slight alteration of a whole chicken recipe on Allrecipes.com) a few times now. I have to say that not only is it DELICIOUS, it’s inexpensive and surprisingly easy to do. So thank you, folks. You’ve conquered your fitness goals, and as a result I’ve conquered my fear of barnyard fowl. (Although if I have nightmares after this, I’m blaming YOU!) =)
Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Take chicken out of packaging. [Shudder, then continue. 😛 ] Set it on a roasting pan if you have one, otherwise just put it in a baking dish. In a bowl, mix spices. Using a knife, cut a hole in the skin on each breast of the chicken and the drumsticks (so that you can rub some spices under the skin and they get into the meat). Using a spoon, rub spices under and on top of the skin. Turn the chicken so that it is breast side down (this is counter-intuitive, but it helps it stay juicy). Bake it for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 475 and bake for 15 minutes more. Baste it with some of the juices, then reduce to 450 and bake for 15 minutes more, or until a meat thermometer reads 180 degrees.
P90x Nutrition Plan Servings:
3 oz chicken is 1 protein serving.
P.S. You do not need to wash the chicken, which actually increases the likelihood of spreading raw chicken germies around your kitchen. Instead, the key is the meat thermometer. You HAVE to use one, even if it’s a cheepo one, and wait till it measures 180 degrees.
P.P.S. The Allrecipes recipe tells you to season the chicken the night before to let the flavors blend. I don’t know if I’ll ever overcome my laziness to that degree. I’m kind of impressed with myself whenever I cook this because I start working on it a whole HOUR AND FIFTEEN MINUTES before dinner time. In my book, that’s the height of culinary planning! =)
P.P.P.S. So in other P90x nutrition news, did you hear that Tony Horton isn’t a vegan anymore? Now he’s eating salmon and free-range chicken. “I lost some weight eating just veggies, fruit and beans so I’ve upped the protein and calories. Making adjustments based on ever changing needs (especially as I get older) is perfectly normal.” Of course, Tony is in the enviable position of considering weight loss a bad thing! Maybe he lost the weight in his calves. 😉
Ebooking it up…
– CJ =)