The technique and ingredients are simple, but the resulting chicken is juicy, succulent, and intensely delicious. Now is the perfect time to make this chicken because oranges are in season, and they're the major flavoring agent. The zest seeps into the chicken and permeates it with orange essence. I served it with white beans, but it would pair nicely with potatoes or rice. Get the recipe, after the break.
Besides the stuffing and the mashed potatoes, one of the things I love about Thanksgiving is the turkey. If you've never made roast turkey before, don't be intimidated; I've got a simple and surefire technique for perfect turkey: make an herb butter. Soften, then season butter with tons of fresh herbs and rub the whole thing all over the turkey, including under the skin.
Depending on the theme of your menu, the butter can be seasoned with all sorts of herbs, spices, and condiments. This recipe gets extra fat and flavor from the addition of chopped bacon and tangy Dijon mustard; however, feel free to adapt the butter to your liking! The resulting turkey comes out of the oven with a glistening skin and moist meat. Check out the basic method now.