Peanut Roasted Chicken

May 11, 2012

Another roasted chicken but this is anything but plain and boring.  From the lovely book A Southerly Course by Martha Hall Foose, it’s a simple but full of Asian-inspired flavor.

It’s no big surprise that I was cooking for a full table again so I had two big chickens.  I didn’t measure exactly when doubling but it was close enough. One smaller chicken is easier and I think it’d work just fine with chicken pieces too, especially when you need something that’ll be done a little sooner than the time it takes to cook a whole chicken.  I’m giving the amounts as written in the original,  for one bird.

  • Whole Chicken
  • Peanut Butter, 5 tablespoons
  • Green Onions, 3
  • Soy Sauce, 3 tablespoons
  • Rice Vinegar, 2 tablespoons
  • Cayenne, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Ginger, 1 inch piece
  • Garlic, 2 cloves
  • Cilantro, a small bunch

Preheat oven to 450. Slice the onions and peel the garlic and ginger.

Combine the peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, cayenne and half the onions.  (I totally forgot the onions.)

Make small slits in the skin of the bird’s leg joint and lift the skin.  Spread about half the peanut butter mixture under the skin.

Slather the rest of the peanut butter all over the outside.

Since I forgot to mix the green onions into the peanut butter I sprinkled them on the outside.

Stuff the garlic, ginger, cilantro and the rest of the green onions into the cavity.

Roast, breast side down, for about 20 minutes.  Reduce the oven heat to 325 and turn the chicken breast side up.

Continue cooking, basting every now and then, until the internal temperature reaches 165and/or the juices run clear.  This really depends on the size of the chicken but another 30 to 45 minutes is likely.  Let it stand a few minutes before carving.

Carve it up and drizzle the pan drippings over the whole thing before serving.  Enjoy!

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jimmy G May 11, 2012 at 9:56 am

Looks beyond yummy! Anything with peanut butter (or Bacon) is a must try!


2 karenbove May 11, 2012 at 10:06 am

Agreed! Peanut butter and bacon are always at the top of the list.


3 Christine May 11, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Wow! That looks really good. And yes, I agree anything with peanut butter or bacon.


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