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Greek Lovers Roast Chicken with Brown Rice: Healthy and Delicious Recipe

Updated on August 17, 2013
Greek Lover's Chicken with Brown Rice
Greek Lover's Chicken with Brown Rice | Source

Greek Lover's Roast Chicken w/ Brown Rice

Roasting your chicken in a hot oven will make moist and amazingly juicy.
Be sure you allow the chicken to rest 10-15 minutes after cooking. This will insure the bird to be very moist.

Preparation and Baking Time

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 1 hour 10 min
Ready in: 1 hour 55 min
Yields: 4 Servings - 1/4 chicken with 1/2 cup of stuffing

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Ingredients "Greek Lover's Roast Chicken"
Ingredients "Greek Lover's Roast Chicken" | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 (3 1/2 pound) chicken
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1 lemon
  • Teaspoon light virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup wild brown rice, cooked
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • To taste Freshly ground pepper

How would you rate this healthy recipe?

5 stars from 2 ratings of Greek Lover's Roasted Chicken with Brown Rice

Nutritional Value per Serving

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/4 Chicken
Calories 260
Calories from Fat144
% Daily Value *
Fat 16 g25%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Carbohydrates 14 g5%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 6 g24%
Protein 17 g34%
Cholesterol 34 mg11%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450ºF. Line a roasting pan with foil.
  2. Remove the chicken giblets and neck from the cavity of the chicken. You can freeze them for future use.
  3. Rinse the chicken under cold water (both outside and inside) and pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Rub the the inner cavity with olive oil, and then the garlic.
  5. Cut 4 thin slices off the lemon, and chop the remaining lemon into 1/2 inch chunks (with rind included). Slip 2 lemon slices underneath the skin of each chicken breast.
  6. Cover the breast with foil.
  7. In a medium bowl, combine the cooked rice, chopped lemon, egg, oregano, parsley, cinnamon, and nutmeg; Stuff the mixture into chicken cavity.
  8. Tie the legs together and put the chicken in the roasting pan; sprinkle the chicken with the pepper.
  9. Roast the chicken 20 minutes then reduce the temperature to 400°F, remove the foil and roast for 20 minutes longer, basting with the juices from the pan every 5 minutes.
  10. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and continue roasting until cooked through and the juices run clear when the thigh is pierced in the thickest part with a fork. (about 15 minutes)
  11. You can also insert and instant read thermometer in the thigh and when it read 180°F
  12. Let the chicken stand 10-15 minutes before serving.
  13. For less calories, remove the skin before eating. (Trust me, you won't miss it!)
  14. Any leftovers can be sliced and used for sandwiches or salads.
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Weight Approximate Roasting Time

Weight
Baking Time
Up to 6 pounds
20-25 minutes per pound
6-16 pounds
15-20 minutes per pound
more than 16 pounds
12-15 minutes per pound
**Add 5 minutes per pound if bird is stuffed
 

How long do I Roast my bird?

Roasting time for Chickens and turkeys can vary, however the roasting table guide will give you some idea of how long you need to roast them at 325°F.
Use the internal cooking temperature, measured by an instant-read thermometer as your guide.
Cook until the thigh meat has reached 180°F, measured in the thickest part of the thigh.

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Elizabeth Rayen
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About the Author

Lisa has directed and acted in musical theatre for nearly 30 years. Her musical upbringing allowed her to pursue her career in teaching and directing and continues to direct shows today. As the owner of 2 online Home Décor sites, Lisa’s passion for Rustic Living all begins with her love for the home, outdoors, and her many hobbies. Lisa loves to laugh, and she share’s that love through her comedic hubs centered on her MOM. Lisa’s passions include writing, directing, acting, photography, singing, cooking, crafts, gardening, and home improvement, including decorating. Lisa also writes under her penned name, Elizabeth Rayen.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      What a pretty hub! How did you do those photos yourself? Some kind of program? They're so attractive. And your roasted chicken and stir-fry look delish! Great hub! Keep going! You can do it!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Victorian Lynn! I have a Sans Serif Program that I like to use. I have photo shop as well.. but this other one allos me to whip things out without thinking too much! LOL Thanks so much for the encouragement!!! :)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're welcome! I thought you did a great job. I'm jealous about the pictures! LOL! I need to experiment more, I guess! Keep it up!

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Darn it! Where is the 'taste it now' button? Superb graphics..Sorry Miss Olive, didn't mean to put you down (JK) The way this chicken is cooked, I can tell it's healthier than any other recipe. I was always wondering, why or how can we recognize a virgin oil..? The brown rice is an add on for our own taste. Mahalo nui! Lisa! Will book mark **showering rose petals myself on this screen**

      LORD

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      VLynn~ That's what I had to do, experiment with the programs. I like fast and easy. It can take so much of your time when putting graphics and pics together! :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      oooooo Petals for me???? Thank you so much LORD! I don't hold a candle to our little olive, but like I said with V Lynn.. I like fast and easy so I will take any program that will allow just that. lol

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Mmmm another gem for me too bookmark;this healthy living period isn't going to be too bad after all.

      Take care

      Eddy.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Awesome Eddy! I have only yet to begun with the recipes. Wait til you see the desserts! :)))

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Excellent selection of healthy recipes. I like the Greek version because of the rice and the garlic. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      me too alocsin. I'm a big fan of garlic as well! Thanks for the vote up! :)

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      What a great idea for a series. These recipes look delicious. I love roast chicken; will have to try it with the brown rice stuffing. But where is the bookmark button? (I think I saw something recently about bookmarks going away - bummer!)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Deborah! THe Brown rice stuffing is really tasty with this recipe. I hope you enjoy it! This is the first time I've hears about the bookmark button going away as well! Wonder if that means we will lose everything that we've already bookmarked.

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      Wow I stumbled upon these wonderful recipes and am bookmarking them all for future use. I enjoy cooking and learning. These series will help with my learning curve and I look forward to trying some of your recipes on myself and friends. Living alone and single is a challenge when it comes to portions. I hate to have to many leftovers in my fridge:-)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      After living in Hawaii for most of my life, I was always cooking for a large crowd (luaus, family, parties, etc)and after my divorce and living alone , I found it hard to cook for just myself as well. These recipes allow it and they are so healthy. I hope you enjoy it! :)

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      Kathy Sima 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Both of these recipes sound delicious. I'm looking forward to reading more of your hubs in this healthy eating series.

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      I am always looking for new recipes and these sound awesome. Am bookmarking this and will definitely give them a go. Thank you for sharing your expertise.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you savingkathy :) I hope you get the chance to make them soon. You will love them! Thanks for your support! :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      It is my pleasure acaetnna. I love new recipes to try.. so many wonderful recipes out there! Thanks for your wonderful comment! :)Lisa

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      This is really great! Not only is it filled with great recipes but I love the graphics that you made to the hub! Outstanding job!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thanks Barbergirl! The graphics are a lot of fun. I'm pleased you enjoyed it! :)

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Another recipe masterpiece by the master herself! What a beautiful looking hub this is. Like EVERYTHING you do...you take it to the next level. Only problem is - we all want to do this but don't know how. Outstanding!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Awwwww Thank you vocalcoach. Anything you want to know, I will show you! (((hugs)))

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Love your recipes and very healthy ingredients.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Carol :)

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      We should write a cookbook with all our delicious ideas!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      I think that is a Fabulous idea Carol!!! :)

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      Roberta Kyle 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

      The chicken sounds wonderful and I love brown rice. Bookmarking this and will try it for sure. Thumbs up up up

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Roberta! I love brown rice as well. my favorite is wild brown rice. Hope you get a chance to make it... it is very juicy and tastes so yummy! Mahalo for the Thumbs up! ♥

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I have a whole chicken in the freezer and this sounds like a great way to cook it. I always gravitate towards healthy selections. The photos are amazing...Voting UP.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Carol! I think you will really enjoy it! Let me know how you like it. Thank you for the vote up! ♥

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      You continue to hold the "presentation award" with this one. And I love Lords' comment "Darn it! Where is the 'taste it now' button?"

      Keep up the classic writing recipes - they are so awesome. Voted up and across and 5*.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you mo.....uh..vocalcoach! I'll make it for you when you get here! ♥

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I forgot to mention in my last comment how much I like the quote by Shauna Niequist. Thanks for adding that. And I can smell this roasted chicken now! Hugs, vocalcoach -Mom

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