Sorry, I couldn’t come up with any “fun recipe” to prepare for upcoming Halloween. Instead, I came up with something that is easy to prepare, so you will have plenty of time left, to have fun with your kids. The acid of orange and lime juices makes this chicken moist, refreshing and surprisingly delicious. Great option to a traditional rotisserie chicken.
Aromatic chicken with limes and oranges
1 chicken (about 3 lb)
½ cup of melted butter
1 medium size onion
2 sprigs of thyme
1 cup chicken broth
few drops of Tabasco
2 whole cloves of garlic
sage leaves for garnish
Wash the chicken and pat dry with paper towel. Split in half and put in a large bowl. Chop onion into thin rings.
Cover halved chicken with onion, add thyme and cloves. In a small bowl mix juice of 1 orange and 1 lime with chicken broth and tabasco. Pour marinade all over the chicken, cover with foil and leave in refrigerator to marinate overnight or at least 12 hours.
Take chicken out of the marinade, pat dry and place on baking sheet. Rub with softened butter and sprinkle with salt. Bake chicken for approximately 40 minutes in preheated oven at 350 F. Add more marinade over the chicken during the baking time if desired.
When the chicken is nice and brown, place the halved chicken on the serving plate, pour the sauce over it, garnish with slices of orange, lime and few sage leaves.
Wine pairing suggestion:
With all that citrus flavor, I thought of crispy Martin Codax Albariño from sunny Spain. This wine is dry and acidic, yet there is a creaminess and body reminding of good Chardonnay. Its citrusy aromas and flavors were the perfect match for this dish. If you want to explore to some funky “Halloween wines”, go for it! Unfortunately, I didn’t taste any to be able to recommend!