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Thanksgiving Doesn’t Have to be All About the Turkey!

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It’s Turkey Time! Well, what happens if you hate turkey? I don’t mean to be the party pooper, but I hate turkey. Yes, I do. I don’t know what it is about turkey that makes me not like it but its just not my thing. I’m here to save the day and give you a great alternative. Yay me! This perfectly roasted chicken is plump and delicious and looks like a turkey, right? Maybe we can just fool everyone into thinking its turkey? Or maybe your family will love it so much that it will become your new Thanksgiving tradition. Roasted Potatoes are a great accompaniment.

I always use a Perdue┬« Oven Stuffer Roaster. It always cooks perfectly because it has a little popper that pops up when it’s ready. I also think that they are the meatiest of all roasted chickens.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. While the oven is heating up, remove the bag of giblets from the cavity of the chicken. FYI: this part is super gross for me so beware. LOL. Wash the chicken inside and out and pat dry. Place chicken on a rack in a roasting pan. I put a piece of aluminum foil on the rack to prevent sticking.

In the cavity of the chicken, stuff 1 lemon, and 3 whole garlic cloves.

Tie the drumsticks together with a piece of kitchen twine.

Using your hands, rub 2 tbsp. softened butter on the chicken.

Generously season the chicken with salt and fresh ground pepper and 1/2 tbsp. paprika.

It already looks amazing!

Place chicken on the middle rack in the oven and cook at 450 degrees for 30 minutes. Then turn the oven down to 350 degrees and cook for approximately 2-2 1/2 hours depending on the size of the chicken. The great thing about the Perdue® Oven Stuffer is that it does the guesswork for you. The popper pops when its cooked! Talk about easy.

There you have it! A beautifully browned oven roasted chicken with amazingly crisp skin.

Serve with the Roasted Potatoes and some homemade gravy and nobody is gonna miss that turkey.

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Thanksgiving Doesn't Have to be All About the Turkey!
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 1/2-3 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 1/2-3 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Remove giblet bag from chicken, wash the chicken inside and out, pat dry.
  3. Place chicken on a wire rack in a baking pan. (Put a piece of aluminum foil on the rack to prevent the chicken from sticking)
  4. Stuff the chicken with the lemon halves and the garlic cloves. Tie the drumsticks together with kitchen twine.
  5. Using your hands, rub butter all over the chicken.
  6. Season chicken generously with salt and pepper and the paprika.
  7. Bake on middle rack in the oven for 30 minutes.
  8. Turn oven down to 350 degrees and cook for 2- 2 1/2 hours depending on the size of your chicken. You will know it is done when the juices run clear and the popper pops.
  9. Serve with gravy and Enjoy!!
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Lisa
Lisa is a Lifestyle, Family and Travel Writer who has a love of all things travel, all things food, and all things living life. She gives family travel tips, the inspiration to dream, and the real deal of family life. It is not always roses and daisies, but that's life!

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