“Christmas Culinary Delights: A Feast of Roast Lemon Herb Chicken and Cranberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken

Certainly! Here are two delicious chicken recipes that you can consider for Christmas:

1. Roast Lemon Herb Chicken


  • 1 whole chicken (about 4-5 pounds)

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped

  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 cup chicken broth


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

  2. In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, minced garlic, chopped rosemary, chopped thyme, lemon zest, and lemon juice to create a marinade.

  3. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and season the inside and outside with salt and pepper.

  4. Rub the chicken with the prepared marinade, ensuring it’s evenly coated.

  5. Place the chicken in a roasting pan and pour chicken broth into the bottom of the pan.

  6. Roast the chicken in the preheated oven for about 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).

  7. Baste the chicken with pan juices every 30 minutes.

  8. Once cooked, let the chicken rest for 10-15 minutes before carving.

2. Cranberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 cup cranberry sauce

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

  2. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place them in a baking dish.

  3. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine cranberry sauce, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, minced garlic, and dried thyme. Cook until the mixture is well combined and slightly thickened.

  4. Pour half of the cranberry balsamic glaze over the chicken breasts, coating them evenly.

  5. Bake the chicken in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

  6. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, brush the remaining glaze over the chicken for a glossy finish.

  7. Serve the chicken with extra glaze on the side and garnish with fresh thyme.

These recipes offer a combination of festive flavors and are sure to be a hit at your Christmas celebration!


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