Roasted Chicken

Roasting meat at high temperatures is a healthier alternative to grilling or frying. This recipe opts for a two-temperature roasting technique, which involves setting the oven higher and letting the temperature drift down as soon as you place the bird in. This ensures that your meat is cooked safely. Also, marinating adds flavor, as well as cancer-fighting phytochemicals to this New Orleans-style chicken.

Roasted Chicken

Serves: 6

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes

Cook Time: Roughly 1 ½ hours


  • ½ roasting chicken, cut into parts, skin removed (approx. 1 ½ lbs)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp Tabasco sauce, or other hot pepper sauce
  • ¾ cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp chili powder (or to taste)


  1. In deep glass baking dish, mix yogurt, cinnamon, chili powder, hot sauce and garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add chicken and coat well with marinade. Cover dish tightly and marinate in refrigerator overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Sprinkle Italian seasoning on chicken and place it on a raised broiler rack in oven. Immediately reduce the baking temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Roast for about 1 ½ hours.
  4. Serve hot or cold.
Roasted Chicken
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