Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs
Once, when mom and I were in the kitchen, doing I don't exactly remember what, but probably roasting a chicken, I looked up from where I was staring into the distance and said, 'I wonder what the chicken would taste like with peanut butter'. Point of clarification, I wasn't high, but I was craving peanut butter at the time and it was too close to dinner for a sandwich, and we were having roast chicken. It's not a difficult mental leap. And for the record, it tastes fucking fabulous.
- 1 (5 lb) whole chickens
- 1⁄2 cup peanut butter
- 1⁄4 honey
- 1⁄2 fresh orange
- olive oil
- crushed thyme (bout a palmful)
- crushed rosemary (bout a palmful)
- rubbed sage (bout a palmful)
- Start by roasting your chicken the way you normally would. If you don't normally roast your chickens, I'll just put the way we do it here for you. The rest of you can skip this bit.
- First cover the inside of your chicken in a thin layer of kosher salt.
- laying the chicken breast side down, cover in a light layer of olive oil and sprinkle with prepared spices, one spice at a time.
- Turn the chicken over and repeat this. Don't forget to sprinkle some of those spices into the cavity so that the bird is completely flavored.
- Pop that bird in the oven. Go relax for a bit, unless you have side dishes to prepare. If so, do that, *then* go relax.
- After the bird's been cooking for about an hour, go back to the kitchen and grab the peanut butter, the honey, and an orange.
- Cut the orange in half.
- Eat one half, because you're probably hungry from the smell of roasting chicken and half an orange isn't going to fill you up, especially if someone is there to help you eat it.
- Mix one half cup of peanut butter and one quarter cup of honey together in a small bowl. It's gonna look really thick.
- Squeeze that orange into the bowl. Not the one you've been eating, the other half. Squeeze it. Squeeze it hard. Little more. Alright, you can stop.
- Mix that into your honey and peanut butter and don't freak out if it gets a little grainy at first, it'll smooth out. You can also grate some of the orange peel in there. You don't have to, but it gives it a good texture.
- Set that in your fridge until the last ten to twenty (thirty on the outside) minutes of roasting for your chicken. You can't do this at the start of the roasting because the peanut butter and honey will just dry up and get hard on the surface of your chicken and not be very appetizing.
- Pull the chicken out and use a barbecue brush to slather on the peanut butter mixture. Apply as liberally as you want. It's all you. Make sure you get it all over the chicken. If there's any left over, you can slather it on the inside of your chicken if you want. We've never done that, but I suspect it makes the gravy taste very interesting indeed.
- Put the chicken back in the oven to cook the rest of the allotted time and clean up any mess you've made. Maybe give that last bit of orange to anyone who wouldn't help you make the chicken in the first place.
- Ding! Timer goes off, pull out the chicken, make gravy if desired, carve up, serve, and enjoy!