This is a super easy recipe and one of the best whole chicken dishes I’ve ever had. (Directions for chicken pieces are here, too, if you’d rather…) The skin is golden, crunchy, chewy, sweet, and salty, crispy deliciousness. The meat juicy and flavorful, and the spring peas? Just the right touch. The resulting sauce? Heaven!
I can’t take credit for this Honey Roast Chicken with Spring Peas, but I simply had to pass on this super easy recipe of Lia Huber’s published in the April 2012 issue of Better Homes and Gardens.
I will take credit for being smart enough to try it, even though I’m not normally inspired by honey. It is my new favorite, bumping Sunday Roast Chicken to number two status.
I did do a bit of Fabulously Frugalizing – pulling bargain chicken out of my freezer and making a few changes in ingredients and amounts brought it down in price to fit my budget! Sorry, folks, no Champagne in my recipe! I do have a marvelous substitution, though.
I served it with the peas from the recipe, mashed potatoes and my favorite Glazed Carrots. The Honey Roast Chicken with Spring Peas came in at $4.08, and the sides added about another $1.65 to the menu – but I’ll stretch this chicken for more than one meal, so the higher than $5.00 cost is very well justified. (note: repriced in 2015 for only 71 cents more, see below.)
Honey Roast Chicken with Spring Peas
- 1 3 1/2 to 4 pound whole broiler/fryer chicken (or chicken parts – See Put Your Own Spin on It, below)
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon
- 1/2 cup onion, finely diced or green onion, sliced thinly
- 1 cup Champagne or an additional one cup of chicken broth and a tablespoon of white or Champagne vinegar
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 1/2 cups of fresh or frozen peas
- 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
- Salt and pepper to taste for the sauce
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pat chicken dry and truss or skewer neck skin to back, tie legs together. Place in shallow roasting pan (one that can go on the burners to make the sauce) and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Roast uncovered, for 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 hours – open door and brush with butter after about 10 minutes. As soon as drum sticks move easily and chicken is no longer pink (165 degrees in the thickest part of the thigh) brush with honey and sprinkle with half the tarragon. Roast five minutes longer or until honey forms a golden brown glaze.
Watch your pan drippings during cooking – if they look in danger of drying out and burning add a little water or stock.
Remove chicken and tent with foil. Transfer pan to stove top. Remove excess fat, if desired. Add onions and saute for a moment, then champagne or substitute, broth, the rest of the tarragon and the rest of the honey and simmer 10 minutes or so, until sauce is slightly thickened. See Put Your Own Spin on It, below, if you’d like a thicker sauce.)
Add frozen peas and lemon and heat through, three to five minutes. Taste, and adjust salt and pepper, and vinegar if using. Plate chicken on a platter surrounded by peas, garnished with lemon, if desired. Brush with additional honey if you’d like.
Note: If I serve this with mashed potatoes I strain the peas and pass the sauce; my family prefers the peas on the side.
from the kitchen of http://www.frugalhausfrau.com
Let’s talk about how to save money/time on this recipe:
- Use a coupon matching site! One of my favorites in my area is Pocket Your Dollars, but every store has a group of enthusiastic Coupon Matchers. Do not discount the savings! I check their site every week, even if I don’t “need” to go to the store and often find bargains I can’t pass up.
- Follow my 12 Strategies – You’ll see them on the upper drop down menu of every page and how I apply them, below.
- Don’t get discouraged if your prices don’t match mine! Keep shopping at the best prices and your fridge/freezer and pantry will be stocked with sales priced ingredients.
- Read Strategies for additional tips as well as throughout the recipe, for saving time and managing food.
Put Your own Spin on It:
- You could certainly serve this with another vegetable besides peas, especially as the seasons vary.
- The sauce is very thin, even after a bit of reduction, but you could easily thicken it with about a teaspoon of cornstarch dissolved in a bit of water – just bring it to a good simmer.
- If you’d like to use parts rather than a whole chicken, arrange skin side up in shallow baking pan. Brush with butter, then sprinkle with slat and pepper. Roast, uncovered for 35 minutes. Brush with honey, sprinkle with tarragon. Roast five minutes longer until honey forms a golden brown glaze. Continue as directed for sauce.
For the Honey Roast Chicken, Peas and Sauce – keep in mind that you may not use all the sauce) Cal 441g; Cal from Fat 103 (23%); Tot Fat: 12g; Sat Fat 4g; Chol 216mg; Sod 231 mg; Pot 809 mg; Tot Carb 15g; Fib 2.21g; Sug 11g; Prot 67g
Honey Roast Chicken Recipe made April 2012 for $5.72; remade in April 2015 and priced at 71 cents more. Cost $6.43.