Whole30, Whole Chicken

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My kids have been eating chicken breasts for a long time.  I knew I had COMPLETELY failed as a mother when we went to my sister-in-law’s house for dinner one night.  Aunt Jamie placed a drumstick on my three year old’s plate and he said, “Mom, I wanted chicken!”

Buying the whole chicken seemed way too intimidating to me, and I THOUGHT it would be way too much work with preparing, roasting, and cutting it all up afterward.  For whatever reason, Thanksgiving dinner prep came to mind, and I would shudder.  Looking back now I laugh, because I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Roasting a whole chicken is not only easy, but more affordable and provides leftovers for several meals!  The possibilities are endless!  I make a whole chicken about once a week now and my boys LOVE eating “dinosaur bones” for dinner.  I also feel just a little bit like Martha Stewart by the time my cute little chickens come out of the oven.

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I made a whole chicken about once a week during whole30. Lots of leftovers and VERY affordable!I made a whole chicken about once a week during whole30. Lots of leftovers and VERY affordable!

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I like to buy the two-pack of chickens, which costs about $12.00 at Sam’s Club.  The recipe you see below has ingredients for one chicken, but I always double because I love the left overs!

The rest of the ingredients are items that I keep in my house regularly: lemon, onion, garlic, fresh herbs of your choosing, a few spices, and I even throw some potatoes in the oven to roast with the chicken.

First I preheat my oven to 425 degrees and rinse and pat dry the chickens.  Next, I stuff the little guys with a half a lemon, a half an onion, a few cloves of garlic and fresh herbs.  After they’re stuffed, I like to coat my chicken in bacon fat if I’ve got it, but you can also use coconut oil, olive oil, or even ghee.  My 4-year-old loves to “paint” the oil on the chicken.  I rub the spices on, cut up some potatoes and the chicken is ready for roasting!  I don’t have a roasting pan, but I make do with my stove to oven skillet!  90 minutes later the chickens are ready!  You can find a printable version of this recipe at the bottom of the page.

I made a whole chicken about once a week during whole30. Lots of leftovers and VERY affordable!

You can pair your chicken with Stay Fit Mom’s Cauliflower Rice or even these delicious Balsamic Brussel Sprouts form Kosher On A Budget, and dinner is served!

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I made a whole chicken about once a week during whole30. Lots of leftovers and VERY affordable!
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  • Whole Chicken
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • Fresh Herbs of your choosing
  • 6 Russet Potatoes
  • 1/4 cup Bacon Fat, or another fat, like olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Rosemary


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Rinse and pat dry chicken.
  • Stuff chicken with onion, garlic, lemon and fresh herbs of your choosing.
  • Quarter potatoes and place around the chicken in the pan.
  • Coat chicken in bacon fat.
  • Rub remaining spices on the chicken and potatoes.
  • Roast in oven for 90 minutes.
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  1. I made this the other day, I was a little nervous but it turned out great I just threw in the crockpot lined with carrots!