Whole Roasted Chicken and Live Now List #19: Go Into The Ocean

Good Evening Everyone!

How are you today? Tonight I am sitting here with sun-kissed skin. My hair is pulled back from my face after being whipped by the ocean wind and salty air. I love a great day at the beach. Unlike my usual beach routine, today I challenged myself to actually go into the water. For some this might be easy, even thrilling. But for me, it was a bit of a feat. You see, when I was 7 years old my brother was bite by a sand shark on his foot and ankle. Thankfully the damage didn’t go beyond needing stitches, but it permanently left an emotional scar on both my brother and myself. That is…. until today.

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I created the Live Now List as a way of unwinding from the stress and strain in life. I wanted to do intentional small acts that would bring me more joy, peace, and relaxation. And some… like this one… would make me feel nervous and anxious. I wanted to enter the ocean and feel its power, and realize that I was still perfectly fine. And so, I did! As I stood in the surf this afternoon I watched the waves crest over one another in harmony. It’s amazing how one wave can roll on top of another creating a wave that grows bigger and bigger until it finally crashes into the shore. The wind was blowing across the water and biting at my nose and ears.

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As I stepped deeper and deeper into the cold waters of the Pacific, I marveled at the pull of the ocean. I have a profound respect for anything that can make us feel so small. Standing against the tide I was reminded how strong and vast water can be. With every wave that pulled out to sea my legs were tugged hard against the tide. I stood my ground but all around me millions of grains of sand were washed away, leaving my feet to sink deeper into the ground. There were a few moments were my heart raced right before I was pounded with a strong wave that threatened to knock me over. But I carefully stepped with the water and found my footing. I stood there in the ocean, took a breath, and realized: I am just fine. There is nothing to be afraid of. There are no sharks that will pop up to harm me. Right here… right now… I am fine! That moment humbled me, and I was reminded of the beauty of life.

And now, onto the recipe! 🙂

This whole roasted chicken couldn’t be simpler to make and is perfect after a long day in the sun. The best part? It takes 10 minutes to prep and only 1 hr. 15 min. to cook! Do you know the Simon and Garfunkel song, “Scarborough Fair”? There is a line that sings, “Are you going to Scarborough Fair? Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme…”. Remember that song lyric every time you make this dish and you will be set for the most juicy, succulent, and flavorful herbed chicken in the world! Enjoy this recipe everyone and keep on cooking! ❤

Herb Roasted Chicken
Herb Roasted Chicken

Herb-Roasted Chicken 

Courtesy of: Lisa aka The Noob Chef 

Yields: 1 whole chicken

Ingredients: 

  • 1 whole chicken, cleaned and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp. dried sage
  • 1 tbsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 tbsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp. Old Bay Seasoning
  • A generous drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees (F).
  2. Clean, rinse, and pat dry your whole chicken. (If there are any innards, discard or save for frying up for another recipe).
  3. Place the chicken in a deep sauce pan. Drizzle with olive oil to coat the chicken. Then sprinkle on all of the dried herbs, Old Bay Seasoning, and salt and pepper.
  4. Cook for 15 minutes on 425 degrees (F). Then when the timer dings, don’t open the oven. Reduce your oven to 375 degrees (F) and continue cooking for 1 hour.
  5. Let stand for 15 minutes to cool, then carve and enjoy! 🙂

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