I have had quite a few of you write in to me and ask for an easy solution to preparing a beautiful Thanksgiving meal without making a big huge turkey!
Well, look no further! A juicy and delicious roasted chicken can give you all the same feels without the major effort or tons of leftovers if you are only cooking for 2 or 3 people.
This roasted chicken is full of flavor…coated with brown sugar, garlic and ginger…lemon zest and crushed red pepper…you and your guests will be so so happy!
First, get all your ingredients set up…I usually don’t suggest doing so much prep, but your hands will have raw chicken on them! It’s not a great idea to have to open cabinets/drawers or pick up your spices. We want to keep our kitchen ice and germ free!
All the spices and sugar will mix with some olive oil (or butter!) to make a gorgeous paste…
Next, I stuff my bird with all kinds of aromatics. I use shallots, lemons, garlic and herbs.
When it comes to coating this chicken, it’s all about getting underneath the skin! take big spoonfuls and press it under and through the chicken’s skin. All that goodness is going to flavor the meat. Especially the white meat that tends to need more seasoning!
It should look something like this…
Truss that chicken!
Now, there is a certain way to do this…but being the real girl in the kitchen I tend to just tie up the legs…no fancy pants over here. Feel free to properly truss your bird if you got the skills. (The truth is, I have roasted birds both ways and they cook the same…more thoughts on this topic here)
Put that baby in the oven and let it do it’s thing…