Truth: A chicken from the farmers’ market is more flavorful that your average supermarket bird. Still, a roast chicken’s personality can change drastically depending on how you season it. Here are 11 ways to flavor your next roast chicken.
1. Herbs and lemon
When you buy one of those $20 heritage, heirloom, buzz-word-laden chickens, it’s best to keep the ingredients as simple as possible to let the flavor of the high-quality bird shine through. Stuff the cavity with peeled garlic cloves, a halved lemon and herbs (like thyme, sage and rosemary); rub the chicken with butter or olive oil and season generously with salt. You’re good to go.
For a sweeter, more fragrant take on the Mediterranean-style bird, stuff it with herbs and halved tangerines and drizzle with white wine, tangerine juice and honey. Roast with broth in the pan to create a glazed bird and delicious pan juices.