Roast chicken, the perfect poultry for a Sunday dinner, just became much tastier, thanks to a sweet cherry balsamic glaze.
The National Cherry Festival is in full swing just down the road from the Comfortably Domestic house, which means that this week is all about celebrating all things cherry. Judging by the number of cherry recipes I’ve shared, winners like sweet cherry mojitos, my favorite cherry pie, cherry apricot crumb pie, cherry chipotle hot fudge, and even sour cherry cordial frozen yogurt, I think it’s pretty obvious that I’m a big fan of cherries in just about any form. One thing that was missing in all sea of cherry goodness was a savory cherry recipe.
When it comes to pairing fruits with meats, pork gets all of the fruited glory. Chicken is a close second in sharing the fruit love, so a savory chicken recipe with cherries was were my mind gravitated.
Whole chickens can be quite economical in terms of price per pound, and especially for the amount of servings yielded. For that reason, I tend to stock up on whole chickens when I find them for under a dollar per pound. Roast chicken is so simple to make, and the results are infinitely more tasty that those convenient store bought rotisserie chickens. As an added bonus, your fingers shouldn’t swell up like little sausages from all of the salty broth that is injected into the store bought rotisserie varieties.
While I’m not afraid to snag a cooked chicken off of the grocery warmer for convenience, I pay the price the next day in the form of tight rings on my fingers and a thirst worthy of being stranded in a desert. That’s one of the reasons that I enjoy roasting my own chickens–no finuckles (knucklingers?)–after eating them.
Is it weird that I even notice or care about these kind of things? Am I turning into my grandmother? Maybe? I can live with that.
Now that we’ve established the value in roasting a whole chicken, let’s get to the really good part…the sauce! Since the chicken takes all of five minutes to get in the oven, I figured that I could spend a few more minutes on making the glaze. The tart Cherry Balsamic Glaze has just the right
This simple, tender roast chicken is perfectly balanced, with sweetness from cherries and honey, tang from the vinegar, and the savory elements of onion and spices.
Brush a little glaze over the chicken while it’s in the oven, and then spoon the remaining plump, juicy cherries in the sauce over top for serving. You’ll leave the table feeling like you’ve enjoyed a restaurant quality meal for well under ten dollars!