A properly-prepared Roasted Chicken dinner has a near-universal, comforting appeal, and thanks to this collection of over two dozen recipes from Martha Stewart, you can leave the all-too-tempting rotisserie chicken under the grocery store heat lamp where it belongs.
Often praised as true comfort food, a roasted chicken combines aromatics, texture, flavor, and juices into a dish that can be served as a casual weeknight supper, elevated to a special occasion’s main course, or even saved for thefollowing day’s leftovers. The versatility of the roasted chicken is also attributed to its simple, yet classic preparation alongside fresh herbs, spices, and vegetables. So, take note of the different ways in which you can diversify your Roast Chicken game and ultimately provoke an after-dinner feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment.
It’s back to basics with this quick-cooking recipe as you spatchcock the bird by removing the chicken’s backbone and laying it flat atop a bed of cilantro and chickpeas in a cast iron skillet. While your chicken roasts in the oven, the juices will be soaked up by the roasting chickpeas, giving you a superb pairing of protein and legumes when it’s all said and done.
To ensure great texture, crispy skin, and maximum browning for this roasted chicken, opt for a rimmed baking sheet instead of a high-sided roasting pan. While this recipe has you season the chicken with traditional spices and plenty of lemon juice, be sure to lay it atop a sheet pan that’s lined with cored fennel bulbs for a rounded-out meal that will be ready to devour as soon as the timer strikes.
If you are a fan of garlic, it’s obvious that this recipe is calling your name. Hailing from the French countryside, this recipe has you roasting your butter-basted chicken in a skillet alongside dozens upon dozens of garlic cloves, a sprinkle of thyme, and other seasonings. The sheer quantity of garlic in this recipe ensures that the meat will remain tender and juicy throughout the cooking process, and if they thought of peeling that much garlic makes your skin crawl, be sure to check out the peeling cooking hack inside the recipe.
Resting atop a bed of red potatoes, carrots, and leeks, this roasted chicken recipe holds a ton of flavor and juicy meat beneath its crispy skin, and it’s all because of what’s inside. You’ll stuff the heavily- seasoned chicken with plenty of fresh herbs, particularly thyme and parsley. Lay the bird on top of your vegetables for a one-pot dinner, and top it off with a little wine to bring out the proper aromatics during the roasting process.
Inspired by the Mediterranean cooking tradition, this recipe has you roasting only chicken thighs alongside grape tomatoes, Spanish olives, shallots, and feta cheese for a highly unique flavor profile. And that flavor is all the more off-set by the inclusion of mint in this recipe, as the mint leaves add a layer of freshness that could not otherwise be attained.
Choose this recipe the next time you’re looking to impress your dinner guests with elaborate plating and an intensely flavorful herb sauce. This cooking method produces toasty skin, as you’re only cooking thigh and leg pieces, but it’s truly the savory herb sauce that’s made from minced garlic, red pepper flakes, red wine vinegar, and parsley leaves that will undoubtedly elevate your next roasted chicken.
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