I know, that was foul. Yeah, I went there.
Every Sunday I prepare for the week. I like to get a whole chicken in the oven or crock, and bread made for the week. My husbands lunch staple it a rotisserie chicken sandwich. All home-made of course, along with his granola bar, and some other baked goodie. It seems a lot to do, but bread is super easy when you are using my quick bread, and in oven rotisserie.
It's all in the timing. I like to get the chicken in first thing in the morning. That way it's said and done, and if I don't cook another thing all day... there's dinner done too!
So you wonder why I call it Sexy chicken... well it's mainly how he went into the oven. I decided to remove all the skin for the hubby so I can get it super crispy all the way around. Well, after I skinned the thing Mr. Chicken was a bit all over the place. Every time I put him in his pan his legs would flop open and over the sides. I didn't have any roasting tie to bind the legs and arms, but that's OK, it would have been a little too Shades Of Grey. There was still a lot of poking and rubbing to come. So the only way I could contain him was pose him seductively like a man on a bear skin rug. Or Stan Lee on a couch.
There you go. Stan Lee on couch.
It was a risk taking the skin off because you do run the risk of it being slightly drier. But the rotisserie rub created an all around crispy shell. Pretty cool. I prefer the skin on for a more sticky rotisserie taste.
Original recipe makes 2 whole (4 pound) chickens
Sticky Rotisserie Chicken
- 4 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 onions, quartered
- 2 (4 pound) whole chickens
Mix all your spices in a small bowl to make the rub. Wash and pat dry your chicken. Stuff your onions in the body cavity. Rub mix over entire body. Not you the chicken. Place in roasting pan, bake at 250 degrees for 5 hours uncovered.
*Tip: The local grocery store actual prepares their chicken 24 hours ahead! Rub your mix on your chickens and place in an air tight plastic container over night in the refrigerator. The spices react with the skin to really create that super stickiness! *NOM NOM*
If you did your chicken in the morning, you now have the afternoon to play, make bread and treats.
The 'go to' bread I make is so diverse. It can be used for rolls and pizza dough :-) I use half of this recipe to make 2 pizzas. But to do sandwich rolls and pizza use full amounts.
- 2 ½ C warm water
- 6 Tbsp sugar
- 3 Tbsp yeast
- 2 Tbsp oil
- 6 C flour (can use white or whole wheal)
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
Stir water, yeast, sugar and oil together. Leave for 5 minutes until it becomes frothy on top. Add flour, salt and baking powder. Mix well. Knead. Roll out if making a pizza base or shape for use as buns / bread / loaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Keep your eye on it, times will differ for rolls and pizza dough. My pizza base took about 15 minutes. If you are making bread or rolls paint the tops with butter when they come out of the oven, delish!
Before it went into the oven I rubbed them down with chopped garlic.
The pizza bases came out so puffy, and the garlic looked delish! I am thinking Naan Bread!!!!
All done! I had a white pizza with chicken, and the hubby had a traditional pepperoni pizza.
Now you have had your lunch. *NOM NOM* If you are not in a coma, or have made a mess by now time to kick out the granola bars. A favorite in our house. I bought a dented can of pumpkin awhile back for 64 cents. I figured now would be a great time to try it! I have never used canned pumpkin, or tasted, and I hate pumpkin pie. But pumpkin spice lattes are my crack... I know I'm an odd cookie huh? So searching around I found a few recipes, so as usual I smashed them all together to make this:
The are so fun to wrap up in wax paper to add to lunches.
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1-1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup agave nectar
- 3 tbsp. maple syrup (I did not have so I used some more agave, and added a tsp. of maple extract.)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/3 cup almonds, roughly chopped (I don't use nuts because I feed these to young ones)
- 1/3 chocolate chips, Dark chocolate is a wonderful complement
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
I like to mix all my ingredients together BEFORE I add oats, nuts, chocolate, and cranberries. I like to use the whisk attachment on my mixer first. Really whip it up so it's blended and you have a nice glue for your bars! I change to the paddle attachment and fold in the oats, I do it slowly because I don't want my oats pulverized. Then slowly fold in your mix-in's . If you like your bars loaded with everything keep an eye on the mixture. Too dry and they wont stay as a bar. You can drizzle in more agave if needed. Press into a greased baking pan, or glass dish. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, until you have a golden crisp around the edges. Let cool thoroughly then slice up in the pan, or flip onto the counter. I used a pizza slicer, works like a dream to cut!
♥Enjoy, you have goodies done for the week.♥