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#EatWellLiveWell: Baked Rosemary Chicken

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Baked Rosemary Chicken

Rosemary is often thought of as a dressing herb. Cousin to the mint leaf, rosemary is a small evergreen spice that brings a subtle fragrance and flavor to any soup, meat or fish. But rosemary’s memorable flavor isn’t the only thing it has to bring to the table. So take another look at this beautifully green spice and all its health benefits:

  • Digestive Health. Fiber is an extremely important part of a healthy diet as it aids in maintaining regularity and may help to fight certain types of cancers. This fiber-containing herb may help you get regular and stay regular. 
  • Eye Health. Your eyes are one of the most important organs in your body, so keeping them healthy is important. The carnosic acid found in rosemary may help to boost your eye health and fights deterioration. 
  • Rich in Antioxidants. Rosemary’s small green leaves contain antioxidants, which help fight free radicals. Antioxidants are an important addition in your diet, as they may help give your immune system a boost and improve overall blood circulation.
  • Anti-inflammatory Power. The anti-inflammatory properties of rosemary may decrease the carcinogenic compounds that can be created if some cuts of meat are over-cooked.
  • Healthy Substitute. Using rosemary to season your dishes can help you to reduce your salt intake! Its powerful flavor helps to mask that “bland" stigma of low-salt food. Decreasing salt intake can help to lower blood pressure!

This little leaf has been working hard for your body and your taste buds. Take another look at rosemary with our healthy Baked Rosemary Chicken that’s as easy as 1-2-3!

Recipe: Baked Rosemary Chicken

Servings: 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 (3 pound) whole chicken, rinsed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 small yellow or brown onion, quartered
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh rosemary

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Season chicken with dashes of salt and pepper. Stuff with the onion and rosemary. Place chicken in a fitting baking dish or roasting dish.
  3. While cooking time will vary depending on the size of your bird, roast the chicken in your preheated oven between two and two and a half hours. Make sure your chicken is cooked through before removing from the oven.

Nutritional Information:

290 Calories, 17.1g of total fat, 97 mg of cholesterol, 94 mg of sodium, 30.8 g of protein, and 1.3g of Carbohydrates.

*When eaten often or in large quantities, rosemary may interact with certain medication, such as antiplatelet and anticoagulant drugs, ACE inhibitors and diuretics.

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