A perfectly roasted chicken with beautiful crispy brown skin is a thing of beauty that everyone seems to enjoy. A simple roast chicken consists of coating the chicken in a good amount of salt, pepper, some herbs, and then roasting it. While this is a delicious way to make roast chicken, it’s good to change it up a bit and try new marinades like this green spiced masala.
Growing up, roast chicken was a dish that my parents made exclusively for thanksgiving. My dad used to roast chicken for thanksgiving because none of us really liked turkey. He would make two types of roast chicken: one would be a classic and the other would be masala spiced roast chicken. I always preferred the spiced roast chicken more as it was more flavorful.
The green masala is inspired by a Goan green chicken dish I often ate at my aunt’s house in India. My aunt would marinate chicken pieces in a fresh green masala paste consisting of cilantro, green chilies, garlic, and lots of lemon. Once marinated, the chicken was then pan fried. I always request this green chicken when I go to visit her as it’s one of my favorite dishes that she makes.
Roasting a whole chicken can be intimidating and time consuming. To make things a little easier, I like to use a simple shortcut that cooks the chicken more evenly, makes the skin crisper, and cuts the cooking time. The shortcut is to butterfly or spatchcock the chicken which basically means to remove the backbone of the chicken, flipping it over, and flattening out the chicken using your palm. It’s super simple to butterfly a chicken at home. The only equipment you need is a pair of sharp kitchen shears.
A common problem people face while roasting a whole chicken is that the breast meat often dries out while the thighs and legs are still cooking. Butterflying the chicken exposes the legs to higher heat which helps it to cook at same time as the breast. I urge you to butterfly your chicken for a juicier spiced roast chicken.
This green masala spiced roast chicken is lemony, herby, spicy, crispy, and juicy. This recipe is great for Sunday dinner, thanksgiving dinner, or even a weeknight dinner. If you plan on making this, just remember that the chicken does need to be marinated overnight. Don’t skimp on the marination time as this is what leads to a flavorful chicken. Enjoy!
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