Just because it happens to be the holiday season does not mean we need to lose our minds when it comes to eating. Now, I am not saying that we can get our grub on. You know there’s bound to be some delicious food set on the table, but please keep in mind however that the more you indulge, the more likely you will be shedding a tear on that treadmill come New Year’s. Here are some healthy Christmas dinner ideas to consider for your holiday dinner–and you just may find they taste better.
Roasted Chicken with Lemons and Thyme
A savory mix of spices, this is a great recipe for those who want a leaner meat on their holiday table.
- 1 (6-pound) roasting chicken
- 2 teaspoons Hungarian paprika
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
- 1 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
- 2 lemons, divided
- Cooking spray
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- Lemon slices (optional)
- Thyme sprigs (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425°.
- Remove and discard giblets and neck from chicken. Trim excess fat. Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breast and drumsticks by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Combine the paprika, 1 tablespoon thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; rub under loosened skin. Thinly slice 1 lemon; arrange slices under loosened skin. Cut remaining lemon into quarters. Place lemon quarters inside chicken cavity. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon thyme to chicken cavity.
- Place chicken on the rack of a broiler pan or roasting pan coated with cooking spray. Brush oil over skin. Cover chicken with aluminum foil. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 50 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thigh registers 165°. Transfer chicken to a cutting board; cover with foil, and let stand 15 minutes before carving.
- Place a zip-top plastic bag in a 2-cup glass measure. Pour drippings into bag; let stand 10 minutes (fat will rise to the top). Seal bag; carefully snip off 1 bottom corner of bag. Drain drippings into measuring cup, stopping before fat layer reaches opening; discard fat. Place pan on stove top over medium heat. Sprinkle flour into pan. Add wine; bring to a boil, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add drippings, broth, juice, sugar, remaining 3/4 teaspoon pepper, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt to pan, stirring constantly with a whisk until slightly thickened. Remove from heat.
- Remove skin and lemon slices from chicken, and remove lemon wedges from cavity; discard. Carve chicken, and arrange on a serving platter. Serve with gravy. Garnish with additional lemon slices and thyme sprigs, if desired.
Source: Cooking Light