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Set It And Forget It

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Well I have taken the plunge and gone on the South Beach Diet (SBD). Day two not so bad. It is definitely not as bad as the Atkins diet. So far I have done some new and creative dishes and they arent so bad. Last night we had Chicken en Papillote It was basically a fancy way to say chicken in foil pouches with veggies LOL It was actually quite good even Chris liked it.

Tonight we are going to pull out the ol Ronco Rotissiere. We purchased the Ronco on a Whim while down in Reno. We had had a great night of food and fun and won a nice jackpot. I said we should buy something with this money… So the next morning we are watching tv and drinking coffee and Ron Popeil came on the tv, gotta love infomercials. Chris says “Hey… Jan and Duane have one of those and love it, we should get THAT with part of our winnings.” We continued watching and learned to “Set it and Forget it” AFter watching nearly ALL the informercial, mouths watering over roasted chickens, prime ribs and hot dogs done to perfection, he said “Thats it, we have to get one of those” And the rest is history. We love it, we have done Turkey breasts, hot dogs, 2 whole chickens, hamburgers (Paige will eat no other) and Veggies. So tonight we pull it out once again for the perfect roasted chicken. Look OUT Beer Butt Chicken!

Roasted Chicken with Cilantro and Lime. I found this recipe on one of my favorite Bloggers, She has great recipes for the SBD’er and others. It inspired me to go on the diet, and still be able to enjoy cooking with great flavors and textures. So here is the recipe, check out her site if you want to see some of her latest creations. I used fresh cilantro and the flavor was great.


1 whole chicken, 4-5 pounds
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 T minced garlic
2 tsp. onion powder or 1 T grated onion
2 T dried cilantro
1/2 tsp. ground Chipotle chile powder

Remove giblets from inside chicken and discard. Rinse chicken inside and out with warm water. Tie chicken with kitchen string if you will be cooking it on the rotisserie. Mix marinade ingredients. Put chicken in large ziploc bag and pour marinade over chicken. Marinate 6-8 hours in refrigerator.

If cooking in oven, preheat oven to 450. Remove chicken from marinade and rinse with warm water. (Optional, but I like to rinse off the cilantro so it doesn’t burn.) Roast or rotisserie cook about 15-20 minutes per pound. Use instant read meat thermometer to tell when chicken is done. Minimum temperature should be 185.

Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.


About heylaydee

An average cook, an enthusiasm for experimenting and trying new things, is the reason for this blog. That and I found myself in the “empty nest” syndrome and needed an outlet. So I picked up the camera that was collecting dust, got out the pile of recipes, contacted friends and family for their favorites and starting cooking again. What could be better than a glass of wine, a hot stove, and creativity? Come along for the ride. I will be blogging about food, family, and anything else that inspires me.

2 responses »

  1. Michele Reiersgaard

    Hey Laura,

    I love cilantro. I can’t wait to try this chicken. I have it marinating right now and will cook it tomorrow night. It looks great! It was so great to chat with you the other day.


  2. Well? How did it turn out?


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