12 great ways with roasted chicken

Get our favorite recipes for crafting tender, juicy chicken in the oven

French Herb Roast Chicken

Photo by Iain Bagwell; written by Elaine Johnson

French Herb Roast Chicken

This dry rub works well with our Ultimate Roast Chicken or Best Last-Minute Roast Chicken recipes because it keeps the skin crisp. Serve with Crispy Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus.

For the French Herb rub, combine 2 tbsp. each coarsely chopped fresh tarragon leaves and chives; set half aside. In step 2, distribute half the chopped herbs in chicken pockets. When chicken comes out of the oven, brush with a small amount of pan juices, then scatter remaining herbs over it.

Recipes:

Ultimate Roast Chicken

Best Last-Minute Roast Chicken

Crispy Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus

Photo by Iain Bagwell; written by Elaine Johnson

Crispy Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus

This light and easy side dish is the perfect accompaniment to our French Herb Roast Chicken.

Recipe: Crispy Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus

Mediterranean Coriander Roast Chicken

Photo by Iain Bagwell; written by Elaine Johnson

Mediterranean Coriander Roast Chicken

This seasoning keeps the skin crisp, making it a great choice for our Ultimate Roast Chicken or Best Last-Minute Roast Chicken recipes.

For the Mediterranean Coriander dry rub, combine 2 tbsp. coarsely ground coriander seeds (grind in a spice grinder or mortar), zest of 1 lemon, and 3 tbsp. olive oil. In step 2, smear some mixture in pockets and the rest all over outside of chicken.

Recipes:

Ultimate Roast Chicken

Best Last-Minute Roast Chicken

Chinese Star Anise-Orange Roast Chicken

Photo by Iain Bagwell; written by Elaine Johnson

Chinese Star Anise-Orange Roast Chicken

We took the flavors of a Western classic, Cantonese crispy chicken, and put them in a brine to produce a succulent texture and meat infused with complex seasonings. Serve with Pan-Roasted Sesame Vegetables.

For the Chinese Star Anise-Orange seasoning, pour 21/2 qts. water into a deep pot. Add 11/2 cups dry sherry, 2/3 cup kosher salt, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 3 tbsp. sugar, 1 cup coarsely chopped unpeeled fresh ginger, 12 star anise, 4 cinnamon sticks, 2 tbsp. red chile flakes, and zest of 4 oranges or 8 tangerines. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Nest pot in ice water until cool. Discard cinnamon and stir in 2 cups orange juice or tangerine juice.

Accompaniments: Orange or tangerine slices, sushi rice, and green onions cut in 2-in.-long slivers.

Recipe: Best Brined Roast Chicken

Pan-Roasted Sesame Vegetables

Photo by Iain Bagwell; written by Elaine Johnson

Pan-Roasted Sesame Vegetables

This side dish spiked with Asian flavors is the perfect accompaniment to our Chinese Star Anise-Orange Roast Chicken.

Recipe: Pan-Roasted Sesame Vegetables

Mexican Tropical Chile Roast Chicken

Photo by Iain Bagwell; written by Elaine Johnson

Mexican Tropical Chile Roast Chicken

We took the flavors of a Western classic, Mexican rotisserie chicken, and put them in a brine to produce a succulent texture and meat infused with complex seasonings in addition to salt.

For the Mexican Tropical Chile seasoning, pour 1 qt. water into a deep pot. Add 2/3 cup kosher salt and warm over high heat, stirring, until salt dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in 2 qts. cold water; 10 large garlic cloves, crushed; 1/4 cup ground ancho chiles; and 2 tbsp. dried Mexican oregano. Nest pan in ice water until cool. Stir in zest of 5 large limes, 1/2 cup lime juice, and 2/3 cup thawed frozen pineapple juice concentrate.

Accompaniments: Corn or flour tortillas, cilantro sprigs, lime wedges, and chopped white onion.

Recipe: Best Brined Roast Chicken

Middle Eastern Zaatar Roast Chicken

Photo by Iain Bagwell; written by Elaine Johnson

Middle Eastern Zaatar Roast Chicken

This seasoning paste creates a nice crusty coating and a surprising amount of flavor on a last-minute bird.

For the Middle Eastern Zaatar paste, use 1/4 cup zaatar*, 21/2 tbsp. each olive oil and lemon juice, 21/2 tsp. minced garlic, and 3/4 tsp. pepper (in addition to pepper called for in recipe). *Find this spice blend based on thyme and sesame seeds in well-stocked markets or at worldspice.com

Recipe: Last-Minute Roast Chicken

Indian Green Curry Roast Chicken

Photo by Iain Bagwell; written by Elaine Johnson

Indian Green Curry Roast Chicken

This seasoning paste creates a nice crusty coating and a surprising amount of flavor on a last-minute bird.

For the Indian Green Curry paste (adapted from a recipe in Madhur Jaffrey’s From Curries to Kebabs), use 1/4 cup each chopped fresh ginger and chopped jalapeño chile; 2 tbsp. olive oil; 1 tbsp. lemon juice; 3 large garlic cloves, chopped; and 11/2 tsp. ground cumin. Whirl in a blender into a smooth paste.

Recipe: Last-Minute Roast Chicken

Coriander and Sumac Roast Chicken with Chickpeas and Hazelnuts

Coriander and Sumac Roast Chicken with Chickpeas and Hazelnuts

Ingredients from several dishes at Troya in San Francisco come together to inspire this easy yet exotic meal.

Recipe: Coriander and Sumac Roast Chicken with Chickpeas and Hazelnuts

Roast chicken with Meyer lemon shallot sauce

Annabelle Breakey (Food Styling: Dan Becker)

Roast Chicken with Meyer Lemon Shallot Sauce

Nothing says Sunday dinner like the smell of roast chicken ― this version is jazzed up with a simple gravy accented with sweet Meyer lemons and roasted shallots.

Recipe: Roast Chicken with Meyer Lemon Shallot Sauce

Our Favorite Roast Chicken

James Carrier

Our Favorite Roast Chicken

Consider this basic recipe a blank palette on which to layer flavors--herbs under the skin and in the body cavity, other seasonings with the salt and pepper over the skin, or embellishments to the pan juices afterward.

Recipe: Our Favorite Roast Chicken

Bengali Five-Spice Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

Yunhee Kim

Bengali Five-Spice Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

Baked in a very hot oven, the sauce reduces until the panch phoron seeds cling to the chicken and vegetables in chewy nubbins.

Recipe: Bengali Five-Spice Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

Fast Roast Chicken with Arugula Tomato Salad

Photo by Annabelle Breakey; food styling by Karen Shinto

Roast chicken with Arugula Tomato Salad

We challenged our readers to come up wth a tasty dinner recipe using chicken, feta, and tomatoes. The catch? It had to be ready in 45 minutes or less. Reader Jennifer Wren Stoicheff won the grand prize with this delicious meal.

“It’s great to be able to have the flavor of a roast chicken dinner in less than 45 minutes”, she says.

Recipe: Roast Chicken with Arugula Tomato Salad

Pan-roasted Chicken on Bacon-Mushroom Ragout

Rachel Weill; Styling: Dan Becker

Pan-roasted Chicken on Bacon-Mushroom Ragout

Earthy mushrooms and smoky bacon pair with succulent chicken breasts and fresh thyme.

Recipe: Pan-roasted Chicken on Bacon-Mushroom Ragout

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