Our Crispy Roast Chicken is a cozy meal that’s going to carry us through spring. We take a simple crispy roast chicken recipe and elevate it just a touch with an easy sage butter nestled under the skin, and a brown butter and sweet pomegranate juice glaze on top of the skin. We surround the chicken with hearty Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes to make this easy meal come full circle.

Our Crispy Roast Chicken is a cozy meal that's going to carry us through spring. We take a simple crispy roast chicken recipe and elevate it just a touch with an easy sage butter nestled under the skin, and a brown butter and sweet pomegranate juice glaze on top of the skin. We surround the chicken with hearty Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes to make this easy meal come full circle.

Crispy Roast Chicken with Brown Butter and Sage

Even though we’ve all had our fair share of roasted turkey in the past few months, Crispy Roast Chicken hits all of the same cozy, comforting points, but is totally acceptable to eat well into spring. For fancy Sunday dinners Crispy Roast Chicken has the same wow factor as a fully roasted turkey, but takes a fraction of the time, and in my opinion, is much tastier. (Chicken enthusiast over here.) If you want to cut the time down even more, you could also dissemble the bird into pieces, like we did for our sheet pan roast chicken.

Heck, it’s even appropriate through late spring, just switch out the sweet potato and brussels sprouts for something more in season like asparagus, artichokes or hearty morel mushrooms. Really, anything goes.

This particular crispy roast chicken isn’t just a simple roast chicken, even though the ease of prep is only minimally more labor-intensive. 

This crispy roast chicken is smothered with an easy sage butter, brushed with brown butter (my personal winter nirvana when it comes to food), and glazed with sweet pomegranate juice. If that doesn’t sound delicious enough, we also surround the chicken with sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts which get seasoned from all the drippings of the chicken. And lots of salt and pepper of course. 

Our Crispy Roast Chicken is a cozy meal that's going to carry us through spring. We take a simple crispy roast chicken recipe and elevate it just a touch with an easy sage butter nestled under the skin, and a brown butter and sweet pomegranate juice glaze on top of the skin. We surround the chicken with hearty Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes to make this easy meal come full circle.

Crispy Roast Chicken is easy to make!

We have a whole roast chicken in our house at least once a month, and I’ve never understood why more people don’t do the same. While they may seem kind of intimidating at first glance, they’re honestly so easy to throw together. In fact, most of the time, it’s my go-to lazy dinner when I want something that feels fancy and homey, but I feel like putting virtually no effort forward whatsoever.

This happen quite frequently. 

Of course, I love a simple crispy roast chicken seasoned with just salt and a touch of pepper, but I think it’s much more fun to come up with creative ways to serve it so we don’t get bored after the third time we’ve had it in under a month. Some of my favorites have been this Poblano Roast Chicken and this one with Pistachio Arugula Pesto, which happens to be perfect for spring.

For this version of crispy roast chicken, I wanted something super fitting for winter, and to me, nothing screams “Winter!” or “Comfort” to me more than brown butter. Slide it up alongside pomegranate, brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes, and we reach the pinnacle of winter food combinations. 

Brush the chicken with Brown Butter.

Ingredients in Crispy Roast Chicken

Whole chicken. I like to buy a free-range chicken or organic chicken on the smaller side, but honestly, anything goes. The beauty of a roast chicken is it’s a great, inexpensive way to feed your family so don’t feel like you need to splurge for an organic chicken if it’s not within your budget. 

Butter. Lots of butter. It’s used two ways, first as brown butter to brush over the skin. Second, to smother under the skin. This not only adds moisture to the chicken, but it adds tons of flavor. 

Sage. This is an essential fall and winter herb for me. I use it ALL THE TIME. It’s perfect with chicken, but it’s also the perfect counterpart to sweet potatoes. I just love the combination of the two. 

Toss vegetables with drippings and sweet potatoes.

Pomegranate juice. This adds a nice sweetness and tartness to the chicken that I love. It’s a very subtle addition, so if you don’t have it, don’t sweat it. 

Salt. Salt is the single most important ingredient in a crispy roast chicken. You can have all the butter, sage, and pomegranate juice in the world, but if you don’t properly season the chicken and vegetables, your meal will be bland. You want to season the chicken with more salt than you think you need, I use a whole teaspoon to season the surface. I also season the sage butter with salt. 

Sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts. These are my fall vegetables of choice, but you could really use whatever you’d like.  Russet potatoes, whole mushrooms, or parsnips would be nice as well. 

Our Crispy Roast Chicken is a cozy meal that's going to carry us through spring. We take a simple crispy roast chicken recipe and elevate it just a touch with an easy sage butter nestled under the skin, and a brown butter and sweet pomegranate juice glaze on top of the skin. We surround the chicken with hearty Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes to make this easy meal come full circle.

How to make Crispy Roast Chicken 

People are very opinionated on what the perfect way to roast chicken is. I don’t think there’s a”right” answer, but for me, here’s what works:

  • Slather the chicken under and over the skin with softened butter.
  • Liberally season it with salt and a VERY conservative amount of pepper.
  • Roast at a high temp, 425 degrees for about 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Use a thermometer! If you’re unsure when its done, when a thermometer reaches 165 degrees in the thickest part of the chicken, it’s done.

Brown the butter. Add the butter to a small skillet set over a medium-high heat. When the butter melts and starts to turn brown on the edges, swirl the pan. Continue to swirl the pan until the butter turns a deep golden brown. Set aside to cool.

It was kind of a risky move since brown butter has already been cooked at such a high temperature, and then has to cook again at another high temperature while the chicken roasts, but it turned out PERFECT. The chicken stays nice and crispy, gets a touch darker than it would without the brown butter and has that perfectly nutty flavor laced throughout, which I just adore.

Make the compound butter. Add the softened butter, pomegranate juice, freshly chopped sage and salt to a small bowl. Mix until combined. Use your fingers to gently pull the skin from the flesh. Push the butter under the skin. After you add the butter under the skin, brush the melted brown butter on top of the skin. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

Roast. Add your chicken to a roasting dish or medium sheet pan. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine and tuck the wings under the body. 

When the chicken is about halfway done cooking, scatter the Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes around the bird. Toss them in the drippings. Season the vegetables with PLENTY of salt and pepper and pop the whole thing back in the oven to finish cooking.

When the chicken is about 10 minutes away from being done, brush the entire skin with a little bit more pomegranate juice, and pour ¼ cup or so in to the pan with the veggies to make a sauce and semi-glaze on the skin.

Let it rest! Let the chicken rest for 15 minutes before carving. Devour! 

Our Crispy Roast Chicken is a cozy meal that's going to carry us through spring. We take a simple crispy roast chicken recipe and elevate it just a touch with an easy sage butter nestled under the skin, and a brown butter and sweet pomegranate juice glaze on top of the skin. We surround the chicken with hearty Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes to make this easy meal come full circle.

How to serve Crispy Roast Chicken

For serving, I like to take both breasts off the bone completely, slice them and put them on a platter with the drumsticks and thighs. This way more than two people can have breast meat and dark meat.

Scatter the veggies around the carved chicken. Pour the drippings on top and around the chicken and veggies. Or, you can strain it into a gravy boat or pitcher so everyone can serve themselves. You can also make a quick gravy with the leftover juices. 

How to make an easy gravy

If I’m feeling ambitious, I’ll make a really quick and easy gravy to go with the crispy roast chicken. All I do is:

  • Pour about 1/4 cup of the juice from the pan into a small saucepan. 
  • Whisk two tablespoons flour with 1/2 cup COLD chicken stock. 
  • Whisk the chicken stock into the pan . Season with a little bit of salt. 
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce to a simmer until thickened, about 3-4 minutes. 
  • Season with salt and pepper one last time. 

What should I serve with Crispy Roast Chicken?

Our Crispy Roast Chicken is a cozy meal that's going to carry us through spring. We take a simple crispy roast chicken recipe and elevate it just a touch with an easy sage butter nestled under the skin, and a brown butter and sweet pomegranate juice glaze on top of the skin. We surround the chicken with hearty Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes to make this easy meal come full circle.

 

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Crispy Roast Chicken with Brown Butter and Brussels sprouts

Crispy Roast Chicken: A whole chicken is smothered with brown butter, fresh sage, and plenty of salt. It's roasted with diced sweet potato and brussles sprouts - so delicious!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword roasted chicken, easy roast chicken, roast chicken, roasted vegetables, fall chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 6 people
Calories 98 kcal
Author Nicole

Ingredients

  • 1 4 1/2-5 lb whole chicken
  • 3 1/2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chopped sage
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tsp pomegranate juice
  • 2 1/2 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups quartered brussels sprouts
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped sweet potato
  • twine for trussing

Instructions

  1. Remove chicken from the fridge. You want it to sit out for 30 minutes prior to roasting. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Make sure oven rack is on the middle level. Rinse the chicken on the inside and outside with cool water. Pat VERY dry with paper towels. 

  2. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons butter to a small skillet. Heat over a medium-high heat. Once the butter begins to brown, swirl pan. Keep swirling pan until butter is a deep brown color and smells nutty. Set aside to cool.

  3. In a large bowl, mix 2 tablespoons softened butter with sage and 2 teaspoons pomegranate juice. Mix until combined. Use fingers to loosen the skin from the flesh of the breast. Spread the sage butter under the skin. Put the brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes in the empty bowl you used to mix the butter.

  4. Brush the entire chicken with brown butter. Season the entire chicken with two teaspoons of the salt. Place the chicken on a small baking sheet or roasting pan. (Make sure the rack is in the middle of the oven.) Tie the legs together with kitchen twine so the chicken cooks evenly. Tuck the wings underneath the chicken. Roast for 40 minutes. 

  5. Remove the chicken from oven. Remove two tablespoons of the fat/juices from the pan. Drizzle over the sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts. Sprinkle with remaining salt and a little bit of pepper. Toss until combined. Drain the rest of the fat/juice from the roasting pan. Spread the vegetables around the chicken. Brush the chicken with 2 tablespoons of pomegranate juice. Place back in the oven and roast another 30-35 minutes or until the thickest part of the chicken reaches 165 degrees and the vegetables are soft. Brush with two more tablespoons pomegranate juice after removing the chicken from the oven.

  6. Let chicken rest for 15 minutes before carving. Using a sharp knife, remove both breasts, then thighs and drumsticks. Slice breasts. Serve with roasted veggies and pan drippings. 

Recipe Notes

To make a quick gravy: 

  1. Pour about 1/4 cup of the juice from the pan into a small saucepan. 
  2. Whisk two tablespoons flour with 1/2 cup COLD chicken stock. 
  3. Whisk the chicken stock into the pan juice. Season with a little bit of salt. 
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce to a simmer until thickened, about 3-4 minutes. 
  5. Season with salt and pepper one last time.
Nutrition Facts
Crispy Roast Chicken with Brown Butter and Brussels sprouts
Amount Per Serving (1 1/3 chicken breast and 1/3 thigh)
Calories 98 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 83mg4%
Potassium 198mg6%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 5090IU102%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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