Healthy, Meals, Dinner

Simple Spiced Roasted Chicken with Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Roasting a whole chicken is a great way add some variety to oven-baked chicken breast. This is a super simple rub that you can prepare for your roasted chicken. Adding a flavorful side like sautéed bacon brussels sprouts make this effortless dish appear like you labored all night in the kitchen over it.


Simple Spiced Chicken                              

4 tsp sea salt
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 whole roasting chicken
Water for bottom of roasting pan. 

Preheat oven to 375F. Mix all spices well in a bowl. You can double the recipe if you need more depending on the size of your chicken. Rinse the outside of the chicken and pat to dry. For a healthier option, you can remove the outer layer of the skin. I have cooked this recipe both ways and it is just as delicious without the skin as it is with it! Distribute the rub all around the chicken. Place chicken on your roasting pan or in a pyrex dish. Add a little water to the bottom of the pan (about 1/4 inch). You can use this as juice to baste the chicken in as it cooks, Cook the chicken for at least 90 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165F. Remove from the oven and let it cool before cutting. 

Bacon Brussels Sprouts

3 thick cut bacon slices
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste

Fry the bacon in a pan. Once cooked, from pan and set aside on a plate with a paper towel to drain excess oil. Leave all but 1 tbsp of the bacon grease in the frying pan. Add the garlic and cook, careful not to burn it. Halve the brussels sprouts and add to the pan with the grease and the garlic. Coat with 1 tbsp of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Fold occasionally and cook for about 10 minutes or until brussels sprouts are tender. Add the bacon pieces in for 1 min. Serve while hot!