Special Diet - Created Date : 20.10.2019

At first glance, this is a bubbling one-pan roast chicken with a beaut...

At first glance, this is a bubbling one-pan roast chicken with a beaut...



At first glance, this is a bubbling one-pan roast chicken with a beautiful golden hue.

But truth be told, this all began as a turmeric recipe. I wanted a way to use the”superior medicine,” which has long been a part of Eastern Mediterranean cooking. The poor chicken just happened to be a good carrier for my happy experiment.

Because how else could I have disguised the turmeric in the form of something my kids would eat?! All I had to say was, “look kids, I colored the chicken yellow!”

So the golden hue is obviously thanks to the ground turmeric. But turmeric also provides the flavor base in this roast chicken recipe. The rest of the spices, along with the brown sugar; fennel; onions; and citrus, all kinda surround the turmeric building on it’s woodsy, earthy characteristics…

And coming together in this roast chicken dinner as in a perfect melody– slightly sweet, earthy, and comforting! Enjoy!

Step-by-Step Tutorial for Roast Chicken

(Scroll down for the ingredient list and print-friendly recipe)

Note: this roast chicken is best served with a plain rice like this Lebanese Rice. You can begin by making the rice and reheat later, if needed.

Prepare the ingredients as listed. Slice the fennel, onions, orange and lime. Set aside.

Make the marinade. In a large bowl or deep dish, mix together the first six ingredients: olive oil, white wine, orange juice, lime juice, mustard and brown sugar.

In a small bowl, mix together the spices: turmeric, garlic powder, coriander, paprika , salt and pepper. Now, add about half of the spice mix to the liquid marinade. Mix to combine. Pat the chicken pieces dry and generously season with the remainder of the spice mix. Be sure to lift the chicken skins slightly and apply some of the spice mix underneath the skin.

Add the seasoned chicken and the remaining ingredients to the large bowl of marinade. Work the chicken well into the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours (if you don’t have time, you can skip the marinating).

When ready, preheat the oven to 475 degrees F. Transfer the chicken along with the marinade and everything else to a large baking pan so that everything is comfortably arranged in one layer. Be sure the chicken skin is facing up. Sprinkle with a dash or salt and more brown sugar, if you like.

Roast for 40-45 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the chicken skin has nicely browned. Internal chicken temperature should be 170 degrees F.

Instructions

Make the marinade. In a large bowl or deep dish, mix together the first six ingredients: olive oil, white wine, orange juice, lime juice, mustard and brown sugar.

In a small bowl, mix together the spices: turmeric, garlic powder, coriander, paprika , salt and pepper. Now, add about half of the spice mix to the liquid marinade. Mix to combine.

Pat the chicken pieces dry and generously season with the remainder of the spice mix. Be sure to lift the chicken skins slightly and apply some of the spice mix underneath the skin.

Add the seasoned chicken and the remaining ingredients to the large bowl of marinade. Work the chicken well into the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours (if you don’t have time, you can skip the marinating).

When ready, preheat the oven to 475 degrees F. Transfer the chicken along with the marinade and everything else to a large baking pan so that everything is comfortably arranged in one layer. Be sure the chicken skin is facing up. Sprinkle with a dash or salt and more brown sugar, if you like.

Roast for 40-45 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the chicken skin has nicely browned. Internal chicken temperature should be 170 degrees F.

Notes

This roast chicken is best served with Lebanese Rice. If you choose to make the rice, go ahead and prepare it first according tothis recipe. You can reheat the rice later if needed.

This looks good! I was wondering though if anyone has tried to use fresh tumeric in this recipe. Our local asian market has it fresh most of the time. I’ll try it , perhaps both ways, and see how it compares. Pureeing the fresh might be best.

Stephen, great question! I have not tried fresh turmeric myself here. I found out in a quick research that 1-inch piece of fresh turmeric would approximately equal 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, as far as substituting. But I find that turmeric powder will be easier to use in spicing the chicken. Would be eager to hear what you find out!

I love this recipe! I’m cooking this again today but this time I’m not adding any salt and brown sugar due to some of my guests’ diets. I’ve marinated it overnight to really get those flavors in. Wish me luck but I’m sure it will be delicious! Thanks!

That’s wonderful, Renee! This is a winner at my house as well. It’s actually liquid mustard (the condiment you buy in bottles). Sorry about the confusion. It sounds like dry mustard works just as well here! Thanks for sharing.

Hi Suzy, Love the sound of this dish. I am making this tonight. I want know if you have marinated this longer? I am so excited to try this. I have made many of your dishes and they are wonderful. Thank you for the great recipes.

Dear Suzy, I want to let you know how happy I am that I found your site. I was looking for Mediterranean food recipes because my husband was recently diagnosed with kidney and bladder stones and I read that a Mediterranean diet was beneficial in reducing those stones. And it also helped that I have had a long standing love affair with Mediterranean food. And after finding your web site I was amazed at the variety of recipes you provide and the ones I have tried have all been truly delicious. This is a dietary change we have not minded making. We miss nothing and are eating much healthier because of you and your delicious recipes. Thank you!

Oh, Mike. Thank you! Your kind comment truly means a lot. I am ever so humbled to know that I can help in some small way. And I’m excited to hear that you’ve enjoyed the recipes you tried so far. Please feel free to come back and report on progress! Love hearing from you. And all the best re fighting back those kidney issues!

I'm Suzy; born and bred right on the shores of the Mediterranean. I'm all about easy, healthy recipes with big Mediterranean flavors. Three values guide my cooking: eat with the seasons; use whole foods; and above all, share! So happy you're here... Read More…



The Best Healthy Fast Food Options

Fast-food stores are plentiful and fast food has the reputation of being unhealthy, while an increasing number of large chains are adding more nutritious options to their menus.

Sockets that allow more customization of orders tend to have lower calorie or more feeder selections. However, there are currently healthy options on the menu of the largest fast-food chains.

In this article, we'll look at the overall calorie, fat and saturated fat content to find some of the healthiest options that seven big fast-food chains have to offer.

Note, however, that calories and fat are only two aspects of how healthy a meal is fed. If a person eats only fast food, it is not possible to get the necessary nutrients such as vitamins and fiber.

1. Subway

Sandwich with cheese and vegetables

One person can customize Subway sandwiches to choose healthy fillings.

Metro specialize in deli style sandwiches or "sub". As a person can customize every "sub", Subway can be one of the healthiest healthy fast-food chains.

Some of the best sandwich options are on the Subway's Fresh Fit menu. The 6-inch Turkey Breast sandwich with nine wheat bread contains 250 calories and 3 grams of fat, including 0.5 g of saturated fat.

A healthy vegetarian option, Veggie Delite in nine wheat bread. This "bottom" contains only 2 g calories, does not contain 2 g total fat and saturated fat. It also has one of the lowest sodium levels (salt) compared to other sandwiches.

Subway also offers salads that can be a low-calorie alternative to a sandwich. All salads include lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, onions, cucumbers, green peppers and olives.

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2. Taco Bell

Taco Bell is another great fast-food chain with a variety of healthy options. The ability to personalize each order allows people to choose more vegetable-like nutrients.

According to Taco Bell's website, three-quarters of its menus are under 500 calories. Some of the lowest calorie options are the Fresco menu, which uses regular sauce and cheese instead of vegetable based salsa.

One of the healthiest options is Chicken Soft Taco. Each taco contains about 170 calories, 8 g fat, containing only 3 g of saturated fat.

Bean Burrito is a vegetarian option containing 11 g fat, 380 calories, including 4 g of saturated fat.

3. Chipotle

Vegetable burritos

Vegetarian options are lower in fat than meat options.

Chipotle is a Mexican-style chain that specializes in tacos and burritos. Similar to Subway and Taco Bell, Chipotle allows people to customize their meals to include healthy choices.

Healthy options are burritos or white rice instead of white rice. In a chicken bowl bowl containing fresh tomato salsa and brown rice, there are 415 calories, 13 g fat and 4 g saturated fat.

For a lower calorie, vegetarian option, people can choose a plate of bean curd, brown rice and a sofritas patty with lettuce. It contains 365 calories, 10 g fat and 1.5 g saturated fat. Adding sauce will increase the number of calories.

4. McDonald's

McDonald's had the reputation of being unhealthy, but they recently reaffirmed themselves to offer a variety of fresh and nutritious ingredients. Some of these changes may be cosmetics, while McDonald's has better options.

Fillet-O-Fish contains 390 calories and 4 g of saturated fat from 19 g of total fat. Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad contains only 320 calories and 6 g of saturated fat from a total of 14 g.

5. Burger King

Burger King is one of the largest burger chains in the United States, but has a limited number of healthy options. But some choices are a little healthier than others.

It contains a normal, simple hamburger, 10 g total fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, and 240 calories. Grilled Chicken Sandwich contains 470 calories, 3.5 g saturated fat and 19 g fat.

BK Veggie Burger can be a healthier option among these examples. Contains 2,5 g of saturated fat, 390 calories and 17 g of fat.

6. Wendy

Baked potato with knife, sour cream and cheese filling on plate

Baked potatoes can be a healthy fast-food option.

Wendy is another common fast-food chain that allows people to personalize their orders to make their choices healthier.

The menu of the chain is not abundant in healthy options, but some meals are able to customize to lower the calorie content.

Salads are also available, and if a person chooses some of the half-size salad choices, they can stay below 500 calories.

With a few vegetarian options at Wendy's, Sour Cream and Chive Baked Potatoes


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