Friday, June 29, 2012

Cast Iron Skillet Cajun Butter Chicken Recipe - Healthy!

 I made the easiest, yummiest dinner the other night. I picked up a jar of Cajun Injector Creole Butter, a whole chicken, carrots, celery, onions and potatoes. 

Although the marinade has the word "butter" in the name, it is not bad for you. The nutrition is:

1 tablespoon:
Calories: 0
Saturated Fat: 0
Cholesterol: 0
Carbs: 1g
Sodium: 330mg

Start off with your birdie. The instructions for the injector show where to stick the bird. I feel like a doctor performing plastic surgery on a bird.
Melt a tablespoon of butter and some olive oil to cover the bottom of a cast iron skillet
Put the birdie in, 5 minutes each side to get a nice crust on. Check out her plumpness!
While the bird is crusting, preheat your oven to 400 and chop up your veggies. I used celery, onions, carrots and red potatoes.

Add the veggies to the skillet and cook until your chicken is cooked through, about an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the size of the bird
I added some chicken broth to the pan with 20 minutes left, to give the veggies some more flavor. My final product looked like this:
REALLY REALLY REALLY GOOD. The chicken was unbelievably moist. Gabe, who once put me on Chicken Restriction (I wasn't allowed to cook chicken for weeks because I cook it too much), asked me to make this again. He said it was the best chicken he has ever had, and I know he wasn't trying to get brownie points.

Ingredients:
1 whole chicken, giblets removed
1 Tbl butter and enough EVOO to coat the bottom of a cast iron skillet
2 - 3 carrots, chopped
2 - 3 celery stalks chopped
1 vidalia onion, chopped
5 red potatoes
Cajun Injector Creole Butter marinade

Preheat oven to 450
Melt butter in skillet with oil
Add chicken and let it crisp for 5 minutes each side
Meanwhile, chop your veggies
Add your veggies to the pan after the 10 minutes in the skillet
Cook for an hour to an hour and a half, use a meat thermometer

I ended my night of cooking with smores in the oven. My oven saw a lot of action this night!

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