Thursday, August 1, 2013

Theme Night Thursday: Cajun Chicken, Dirty Rice, Rosemary Potatoes

E and I both went to school at LSU, so I was excited to try my hand at some simple cajun dishes. This was also my first time to cook a whole chicken!! I found the chickens on sale at our local grocer for $3 each and they were sustainably raised. I decided to use my Crock-Pot, and saw a tip to use foil balls under the chicken to keep it from sticking to the pot. It worked great! I rubbed the chicken with a cajun marinade from Penzey's Spices and cooked it on high for about 5 hours. Aim for 5-7 depending on your Crock-Pot.
***Make sure to test the chicken with a meat thermometer. It should be 165F. Make sure to stick the thermometer in the middle of the chicken and not to ever stick it in liquid.

Mr. Chicken waiting to be cooked! I convinced my crazy husband to eat the liver...

For the potatoes I used red potatoes. These were strictly for E. Dice the potatoes and put them in a baking dish. I used 2 potatoes. (1 potato is one serving and is great for post-workout or anyone trying to gain mass.) Sprinkle with a decent amount of Rosemary, salt and garlic powder. I used a tsp of each. SLice 1-2 tbs of grassfed butter into pats and place on top of the potatoes. Bake for 20 min at 400, remove stir and bake another 25 minutes.

Check out the Dirty Rice post here. This could be a stand alone meal or a side. I was impressed by how well it turned out.

Here was the playlist for the night. The best part is, it was made by klsu radio!

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