Last week I was looking for a last minute marinade and came up with a brilliant new “everything” marinade for my chicken. I subscribe to the school of ziploc bag marinating which is easy and is my fool-proof method to ensure flavorful, moist roast chicken. And as I was trying to figure out what to marinate my chicken with, I just decided to throw all my favorite ingredients into the ziploc bag for my chicken.
Well lo and behold – it was so good that I knew I needed to recreate it! Here’s my recipe that marinates 2 whole chickens: 1 can of beer, 1/4 cup dijon or whole grain mustard, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 2 Tbsp horseradish, 2 Tbsp honey, 2 Tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper. Whisk all ingredients together and pour half over each chicken. Place chicken and marinade in plastic ziploc bag and allow to marinate overnight.
I also came across this recipe for creamy Hearts of Palm and Avocado salad, a perfect Summery side dish.
Want to make an all-in-one perfect chicken and veggies? Check out this gorgeous recipe from our friend Amy at What Jew Wanna Eat for Shabbat Chicken with Spring Vegetables.
I am a bit obsessed with the combination of lemon and za’atar on potatoes, so for yet another week I will be making my Za’atar Roasted Potatoes with an extra squeeze of lemon on top.
We are hosting a dessert party this Sunday in honor of my daughter’s first birthday (hold tight – pictures coming next week!) so I actually decided to forgo dessert this evening in favor of some fruit. I know, this is very unlike me, but after all, summer is upon us, and therefore less clothing…eek! I can skip dessert every once in awhile. As I am writing this I am questioning this decision, but hopefully I can stick with it.
But if you are looking for a perfect pareve summer dessert, look no further than this Strawberry Lemon Granita recipe, which doesn’t require any special equipment like an ice cream maker. So refreshing, sweet and simple to make!
And how could we have Shabbat without some challah!? Shabbat Shalom everyone and happy cooking!
My husband and I have an ongoing competition over who makes the best roasted chicken. I am not sure he and I will ever resolve this issue, but the truth is, every cook should have their own go-to roasted chicken recipe in their arsenal.
Before I share my version for the perfect roast chicken, here are a few tips that my husband and I DO agree on for making the perfect roasted chicken:
MARINATE: While my husband and I disagree about whose roast chicken reins supreme, we both agree that marinating overnight makes for the most flavorful and moist chicken. We particularly reccomend marinating the chicken by using a large, ziploc plastic bag. It allows for the chicken to be fully immersed in the marinade. For the perfect Shabbat chicken? Start marinating on Thursday night – you won’t be sorry for the extra prep!
KEEP IT WHOLE: A lot of my friends are afraid of buying an entire chicken – how do I prepare it? What do I do it without afterward? Well, first I recommend learning how to cut a chicken – it will be a skill you will wonder how you ever lived without. Once you are comfortable cutting a chicken, you will see how much more flavorful a whole, roasted chicken tastes.
UPRIGHT ROASTING: Aluminum pans are very convenient for cooking, especially on Shabbat when there is so much prep and cleanup. Nevertheless, I highly recommend switching to an upright chicken roaster. It allows for the skin to crisp on the entire chicken, and for the fat from the chicken to naturally flavor the entire bird as it cooks (not to mention its more environmentally friendly). Upright roasters are very reasonably priced, and can be found in lots of stores, such as this one from Amazon for only $12. Not only do we have two for our weekly cooking, but we also have one for Passover!
- 1 whole chicken, rinsed
- 1 orange, zested and sliced
- 1 lemon, zested and sliced
- 1 Tbsp fresh chopped rosemary
- 6 cloves garlic
- 1/2 Tbsp fresh chopped thyme
- 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup white wine
- salt and pepper to taste
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together rosemary, thyme, olive oil, wine, orange zest, lemon zest and the salt and pepper. Add the chicken to a large plastic bag that seals, and pour the wet mixture of the chicken. Add the orange and lemon slices, as well as the whole garlic cloves.
After you seal the bag, make sure the entire chicken is covered with the marinade. Refrigerate for 2-24 hours before roasting.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. If you like, you can stuff some of the garlic cloves and citrus slices under the skin or in the cavity of the chicken. Roast the chicken for 45-55 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees.