20 Ways to Prepare Poultry: Scandinavian Roasted Chicken
Chicken and turkey are popular for being high in protein and low in saturated fats making a mealtime staple for athletes as well as in many healthy eating households. Falling back on the same old recipes starts to become mundane and a little too routine. Finding new ways to cook up the standard bird and keep it interesting (and keep your taste buds dancing) is time-consuming but in this series of recipes, I will highlight many different ways to prepare your poultry so your meal rotation is anything but boring. So whaddya say? Let’s play chicken!
Scandinavian flavors are second nature to me. Both sets of my great, great grandparents made the long trek over the ocean from Norway and Sweden to settle here in Minnesota. Traditional Scandinavian seasonings and ways of cooking have been passed down for generations and are ingrained in my taste buds. The scent of cardamom and the bright red tartness of lingonberries in this roasted chicken fill my house with a nostalgic aroma.
When roasting a chicken, you want to preserve moisture so it doesn’t turn out dry. To do so, I always roast chicken with the skin on, have moisture in the pan and keep it covered except for when I need to baste it. By keeping the skin on while cooking, the meat will be more flavorful and remain tender. By stuffing the cavity with aromatic herbs and citrus, the citrus will serve as a mechanism to steam the inside of the bird while cooking and provide additional flavor.
Using a Dutch oven is also one of the keys to awesome roasted chicken. A Dutch oven allows you to brown the meat on the stovetop and then transfer right into the oven, covered, to finish the cooking process. Dutch ovens are typically enameled so clean up afterward is also a breeze. I use a small amount of milk poured around the chicken in the dutch oven to create steam and a base for the cardamom to release its essence and infiltrate the meat. This milk sauce will be bursting with citrus and cardamom and is a great drizzle to add on top of the chicken when serving.
Scandinavian Roasted Chicken
Calories 346, Protein 24g, Carbs 8g, Fat 22g
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 90 min
Notes: Milk sauce may curdle a little from the citrus. This is normal and is still super delicious to drizzle on your plate for serving. Leftovers can be refrigerated and used within a few days or can be frozen.
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