3 Ways to Roast a Whole Chicken for Sunday Dinner

Roasted chicken
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Ready to give your Sunday dinner a bit of a twist? Roasting a whole chicken might seem like old hat, but there are countless ways to spice things up. Let’s get that oven fired up and ready!

Herb Butter Roast

This method not only flavors the meat deeply but also helps the skin achieve a golden, crispy texture. Soften some butter and mix in a generous helping of chopped fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, and parsley. Add minced garlic and a squeeze of lemon juice for an extra zing. 

Beer Can Chicken

Start by preparing a dry rub of your choice, like paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, and ground pepper. Rub this mixture all over the chicken, inside and out. Then, pour about half of a can of beer into the cavity of the chicken. As the chicken roasts, the beer will steam into the cavity, enhancing the meat with a subtle malt flavor and keeping it incredibly moist.

Citrus and Spice Roast

For those who prefer a brighter flavor profile, a citrus and spice roast could be the perfect approach. Season with the zest of a couple of lemons, limes, or oranges, and spices like cumin, coriander, and a pinch of cayenne. For a final touch, stuff the bird’s cavity with the leftover halved citrus fruits.