4 Ways To Make Your Roast Chicken Meal Better

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The roast chicken dinner is all-time favorite because not only is it a versatile recipe, it's also really easy to prep. All you have to do is season the chicken, stuff, then pop it in the oven, and you've got a complete meal in one pan! 


First, you have to know how to prepare the basic roast chicken. Here is a great roast chicken recipe that is simple enough for those who have yet to attempt to make this classic meal:




While a roast chicken is already flavorful, there are ways to make it into an even better tasting meal. You'll need more ingredients that will take from an ordinary roast chicken into an intensely flavorful one. You can rub flavor into the chicken and stuff it with any of these suggestions: sampaloc with lemongrass and garlic, Oriental seasonings with sausage rice, a bacon stuffing, or lemon and herb potatoes.



These may sound like side dishes, but the wonderful idea is use these sides as flavoring for the chicken as it roasts. So, you're going to stuff the chicken with your choice of side dish. While any of these choices will transform a roast chicken into a one-pot meal, what's important in the end is that it means less clean-up time for you, but more flavor in every bite you take.


Here are the 4 ways to improve on an already flavorful chicken and make it into a delicious recipe you will turn to again and again: 


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1 Roast Chicken with Bacon and Bread Stuffing 

Elevate the flavor of a classic roast chicken by not only seasoning it with salt and pepper, but also by rubbing butter and Italian seasoning under the skin, and then stuffing it with a seasoned mixture of bacon and bread cubes before roasting. 




2 Oriental Chicken with Sausage Fried Rice 

Marinate the whole chicken in a mixture of oyster sauce, Shaoxing rice wine, soy sauce, salt, and ground black pepper before stuffing it with a flavorful fried rice. Use sausage or your favorite variant to give it the flavor you will love and want to eat. 


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3 Sinigang sa Sampaloc Roast Chicken 

This is a smart and innovative use of a seasoning packet. Use store-bought sinigang sa sampaloc seasoning mix and rub the chicken with this mixture. You add the sour-salty flavor of the Pinoy soup to the chicken. Then, to add even more flavor as it roasts, stuff it with lemongrass and garlic before placing in a preheated oven. 



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4 Lemon-Potato Roast Chicken 

Lemon and herbs are classic roast chicken flavoring. Squeeze lemon juice over the chicken, then sprinkle dried oregano and season with salt and ground black pepper all over. Then make herbed potatoes to stuff into it to complement the equally lemony and herby roast chicken. 


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Article by Rachelle Santos "Mix and Match: Roast Chicken" was published in the September 2016 issue of Yummy magazine. Minor edits have been made by the Yummy.ph editors.






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