Look at this beautiful bird! I am so grateful that we’ve been able to raise our own food, and not just fruits and vegetables. The chickens we raised for meat ended up being larger than I expected; that was a nice surprise. I searched for how to prepare the chicken and read about it here which led me to this recipe. I roasted the chicken with lemon, rosemary, garlic and coconut oil. I didn’t end up making gravy because the kids wanted twice baked potatoes, which turned out to be a good decision. My Mom tried this recipe and made gravy but she said the coconut oil gave it a weird taste.
The chicken was REALLY good! I never used to cook whole chickens until we bought them as part of a meat CSA from Oakie Doke Farms. I would just buy bulk chicken breasts from Wegman’s and not even think about the rest of the chicken. I now use all the parts of the chicken and the carcass is used for stock which will usually be used in soups. I definitely moved out of my comfort zone (working with the bones and all!) but I learned a lot along the way. Not only do I not have to buy the grocery store meat, I also have homemade chicken broth.