Thanksgiving is only a couple of weeks away, so we still have some time to start preparing our dinner celebration. Even when turkey has been the go-to option for this holiday, there are many chicken alternatives for Thanksgiving dinner we might want to try. Whether we are preparing dinner for a small group of people or only looking for something different to spice up the night, there are many options we can and should try this year. From the classic roast chicken to a spice-rubbed chicken with onions, orange-roasted chicken, and herb-roasted chicken, here are four options that everyone will enjoy.
Classic Roast Chicken
One of the best ways to enjoy Thanksgiving this year is by preparing a classic roast chicken with vegetables on the inside, including roasted carrots, parsnips, beets, and any other root veggie we prefer. This simple and easy-to-cook dish is a guaranteed success, as it doesn’t need complicated seasonings and pairs perfectly with pretty much every traditional side dish. Therefore, if any of our guests are one of those firmly believers in having turkey for Thanksgiving, this will definitely change their minds.
Spice-Rubbed Chicken with Roasted Onions
If we want to try something more special for Thanksgiving, we can go for a sweet and flavor spice-rubbed chicken and adding roasted onions to get an extra touch of taste. Since we can feel holiday season in the air already, we recommend trying cinnamon, cumin, coriander, paprika, garlic powder, and nutmeg, which come together perfectly with this juicy roasted chicken dish. The best part of this dish is that it only takes about 20 minutes to prepare before roasting it for a couple of hours.
Another great way to offer our loved ones a roast chicken alternative for thanksgiving they will love and remember for years to come is by preparing a citrus version instead of the classic roast chicken. Orange-roasted chicken is a salty and tangy combination of orange slices and bacon that doesn’t only taste great, but that looks incredibly delicious and festive, too. Even when it might sound like a complicated dish to prepare, it only takes about 15 minutes of preparation before putting it in the oven. Definitely worth trying if we are looking for a memorable Thanksgiving dinner.
Last but not least, we have a very delicious and convenient roast chicken alternative for Thanksgiving ideal for sharing with a small group of people. The key element of preparing a quite tasty herb-roasted chicken is adding a mix of basil, sage, thyme, and lemon pepper, which will result in an abundance of flavor like we’ve never had before. Besides, this juicy and seasoned take goes incredibly well dripping with Thanksgiving gravy.