Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Hello, chicken.

I’m going to cook you for dinner tonight. Oh, yes, I am.


Mom, are you sure you want to cook a whole chicken for dinner tonight?! Remember what happened the last time?


Mom, I just don’t think it’s a good idea.


Ok, so maybe it wasn’t my dog who was worried about my cooking skills. Even since I nearly blew up the house trying to make Engagement Chicken, I’ve been hesitant to cook a whole chicken– mostly because I have no idea how to do it. (I think I just got lucky with the Engagement Chicken! 😉 )

So, this afternoon, I sent a tweet looking for roasted chicken recipes. Allison replied with a link to Martha Stewart’s Perfect Roast Chicken. Exactly what I was looking for! And I had all of the ingredients in my kitchen. Perfect! 😀 But, you guys know how I am with recipes. I never follow them exactly and sort of do my own thing, so here’s what I did to make my chicken dinner this evening:

I preheated the oven to 425*F. Then, I (well, Mal) removed the giblets and excess fat from the chicken cavity.


I rinsed the chicken inside and out under cold running water and dried it thoroughly with paper towels.


Next, I liberally sprinkled the outside and inside cavity of the chicken with salt, pepper, and lemon juice.


I spread softened butter all over the entire surface of chicken. Then, I stuffed a few sprigs of fresh thyme inside the cavity as well as in the pan and on top of the chicken.

Finally, I placed the chicken in the oven and roasted it until the skin turned a deep golden brown, crispy, and the juices ran clear when pierced, about 1.5 hours.


Once I removed chicken from oven, I let it stand for about 10 to 15 minutes before carving it.


Well, Mal carved it. Isn’t that a guy thing? 😉


The chicken turned out SO WELL!!! :mrgreen: I actually impressed myself and Mal could not stop raving about it. (I think he was a little shocked that it tasted so delicious considering how long I was fumbling around in the kitchen!)

With the chicken, I made a bunch of side dishes, including my favorite Roasted Broccoli recipe.

Sweet Potato Fries with ground flaxseed meal.


And store-brand rice pilaf from a box. My husband was very impressed with this meal. He doesn’t always eat this good! 😉


For dessert, I brought back one of my favorite treats: Sandwich Thin + peanut butter + chocolate & peanut butter chips. Best snack ever! :mrgreen:


It’s been quite the day, so I’m unplugging for the rest of the night.

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who left supportive comments on this morning’s post. It means so, so, so much to me.

Good night! Enjoy the evening! 😀



  1. That looks ssssoooo good, congrats! It’s like a mini Thanksgiving, sans the turkey obviously 🙂

    You know the one thing I would be STOKED for if I cooked that chicken? Leftovers! Just think of the possibilities! 🙂

    I hope your day was less stressful given the Marie Claire bombshell today. You guys deserve a break 😉

  2. Yummy! Everything looks so you’re a chicken roasting pro 😉

    I think I only left a comment on Caitlin’s blog, but that article was ridiculous and shouldn’t even be taken seriously. It’s in the middle of a fashion and beauty magazine that features emaciated models on the regular, for crying out loud. You ladies definitely inspire me, and I don’t think to an unhealthy degree. Keep doing what you’re doing!

  3. Congrats on the chicken! I always used to be TERRIFIED when my mum roasted whole chcikens – i was worried the inside would never be cooked, and I’d get food not only are you a super cook, you’re a brave one too 😀

  4. Yay!!! It looks great and I can only imagine how great it tasted! Now I’m craving it 🙂

  5. Whole roasted chicken is a specialty of my moms… i have her recipe on my blog if you want to try it sometime. It has a bit more seasoning, and half lemons shoved in the cavity with onions for extra flavor.

    Now, the extra chicken is great cold with a little bit of mayo 🙂

  6. I Loooooooooooooooooooove ROAST chicken!! Isn’t that like the easiest?!?!? I mean the only thing is you have to keep an eye on it the whole time. I made one in my crock pot last night and covered it with bacon. I haven’t tasted it yet so Im anxious to see how it came out! AND you have leftovers for soup or whatever, YuM!!!

  7. Hey Tina,
    I didn’t get a chance to comment on today’s post, but I want you to know that I think you are amazing!!!! You have every right to feel betrayed and infuriated and you have truly handled this whole thing with grace, maturity, and a sense of humility. The whole blog world is behind you always!

  8. See I don’t care about any super complicated fancy recipes – if you can make the basics well (roast chicken, mac and cheese, a good burger, etc.) you’ve got my vote!

  9. I haven’t roasted a chicken in a long time but my husband and I used to do it all the time – so much cheaper and made enough for a few days! We would rest the chicken on onion slices which added an amazing flavor.

    Enjoy the rest of your evening!

  10. I didn’t get to comment on your post earlier today so figured better late than never:)
    I have been reading your blog for a little over a year and have never commented before but the Marie Claire article finally did it. I also wrote on MC’s facebook page as well. You have been a huge inspiration to me and I truly look forward to reading your blog every night. The article was one-sided and unfair to all of you ladies. You are doing an awesome job and bring inspiration to so many women. Thanks for letting us in on what works for you!

  11. Love roasted chicken, I’ve never tried to do one myself but the ones from the prepared foods section in the grocery store are always good. Yours look better though.

  12. I have never roasted a whole bird before: chicken or turkey — it just intimidates me so much! But you make it look easy so maybe one of these days (Thanksgiving???) I’ll actually give it a go.

    The sweet potato fries look great too 🙂

  13. You make roasting a chicken for dinner seem so easy. I’ve never tried it because I always thought it would be really difficult. I would make my man do the dirt work of cleaning the insides too.

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