Spiced Roasted Chicken | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Spiced roasted chicken is such an easy, tasty dinner dish and it takes very minimal prep.
Doesn’t that look delish?
The red color comes from the Persian spice sumac.
There are so many different ways to season chicken and I’m going to share a couple of my absolute favorite spice blends with you.
The health benefits of spices are well-known and ancient (make sure they are gluten-free and preferably organic).
And using them to flavor food is so much better than just covering the chicken with processed cheese or canned soup that has very little nutritional value.
There is a cleaner way to make a yummy casserole, too.
If I want a creamy base for a casserole or dish, I’ll make a roux with GF flour, ghee and organic liquid. Check out how we clean up this white chicken enchilada casserole!
In fact, one of my grad school profs brought a dish (her grandma’s recipe) for a killer zucchini squash casserole to a school potluck party.
We all raved about it and after she shared the recipe, I made it for years on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
As well as the traditional green bean casserole that my mom taught me to make from the back of the French’s Fried Onions canister.
Those were some of the first dishes I made for my husband.
And why not make queso with Velveeta cheese and Rotel to pour over chicken tostadas or nachos for dinner, too.
No wonder we got so fat!
I saw this saying on Instagram and love it — you just can’t out-exercise a bad diet. Especially as you get older!
So we had to clean it up!
Food Choices for Cleaner Eating
After realizing how much better clean eating is and ditching the processed stuff we often turn to spices and vinegars for flavor.
Most vinegars are gluten-free except malt vinegar and maybe some Balsamic vinegars with caramel coloring added depending on where it is from.
Basically, we eat a Mediterranean diet with a Texas kick.
You don’t have to eat crappy food filled with sugar, salt and preservatives because you are busy, especially now with so many better options available. Replacing gluten-free processed food isn’t the answer.
I often ate poorly in college, grad school, law school, working… I know how busy things get.
But it really is attainable to cook fresh food at home with some menu planning and even meal prep.
It’s so much better, cheaper and healthier to eat real food – fresh produce, organic whole grains, lean protein and lots of spice!
And it makes coping with all my dietary restrictions way more bearable.
Favorite Spice Blends for Roasted Chicken
Anyway, back to the spice blends and fabulous homemade roasted chicken!
Roasted chicken and veggies usually make it onto the menu most weeks because it is easy to make and you get a variety of different flavors by changing up the spices.
Since we discovered organic air-chilled chicken that is our preference, but you can use any type of chicken that you like.
Of course, seasoning with olive oil, salt and freshly ground pepper is pretty amazing on its own.
- For bone-in split chicken breasts, brine the chicken by rubbing the seasoning under the skin.
- Doing this earlier in the day or overnight will develop deeper flavors.
- Use about 1-2 teaspoons of spice mixture per breast.
- Place in a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil.
- Bake for 45 minutes to an hour at 350 degrees.
- And voila – spicy, succulent chicken!
My two favorite blends are Cajun Seasoning and Seasoned Salt. We also enjoy taco or fajita seasoning, too.
Cajun Seasoning Spice Blend
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
- 4 tbsp kosher salt
- 4 tsp organic raw cane sugar
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp GF cornstarch
Just mix all the spices together and store in an airtight spice container.
Seasoned salt is very versatile and I use it often in recipes that call for ordinary salt.
I love that it contains turmeric, which we all know is so good for us. You could easily omit the added sugar, too.
For a tangy treat add some some sumac into the seasoned salt spice blend.