Ali Slagle Lemon Curd Chicken Recipe Review

Reluctantly, I had to admit to myself that if I don’t do some cooking at the beginning of the week, I will almost definitely blow my weekly budget. I’m always looking for meal prep options that I can stretch out over the course of a few days. For this reason, rotisserie chickens have become one of my absolute favorite things to prep before next week; They are so versatile!

Recently while browsing TikTok I came across this video of New York Times Contributor chef Ali Slagle makes her now legendary caramelized lemon chicken, also known as lemon curd chicken. Fascinatingly, instead of using fresh lemons, the Slagle recipe relies solely on lemon curd to provide that bright, citrusy twist. I had bookmarked this recipe out of curiosity when I first saw it a few months ago, but watching Slagle’s TikTok tutorial gave me the urge to finally give it a try. This is how it happened.

How to Make Ali Slagle’s Lemon Curd Chicken

Start by preheating the oven. As the oven heats up, whisk together the lemon curd, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl. As Slagle says in the video, you don’t need to dust the chicken, but doing so allows the chicken to get nice and brown all over. For those who decide to go the spatchcock route, place the chicken breast-side down on a cutting board and, using a sharp pair of kitchen shears, cut the backbone out of the chicken. Flip the chicken, breast side up, and press down firmly on the breastbone until the chicken flattens and you hear a crack.

Pat the chicken dry and season generously with salt and black pepper, gently separating the skin from the meat so you can also season under the skin. Spread some of the lemon curd under the skin of the chicken, using your fingers to gently massage and distribute the curd evenly throughout. Spread the remaining lemon curd over the outside of the chicken in a thin layer and drizzle with olive oil.

Fill a skillet or roasting pan with water and place the chicken skin side up. Slagle then instructs him to tuck his wings down to avoid getting burned and rotate his legs so his thighs are up. Grill the chicken until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 165°F. Start checking the chicken after 30 minutes and cover with foil if it is browning too quickly. Let chicken rest for 10 minutes before carving.

My Honest Review of Ali Slagle’s Lemon Curd Chicken

Win win chicken for dinner! I admit, like many people in the comments sections, he was a little skeptical about the lemon curd. i thought it would be far too sweet, but that was not the case at all. The curds, mixed with that drizzle of olive oil, caramelized beautifully on the skin as the chicken grilled. I know chicken skin scares some people, but to me it’s the most important part of any good chicken, and the skin on this one is gooey, crispy, and perfectly sweet.

However, perhaps what I love most about this recipe is how easy it is to make. That’s what great cooking really is to me: finding simple ways to transform an ordinary dish into something special. All it takes is a little lemon curd to turn your weekly rotisserie chicken into a noteworthy affair. I’ll definitely be making this chicken as part of my meal prep rotation, but it’s also a standout enough dish to make a dinner party or surprise a new romantic interest with cooking prowess.

Slagle adorably says at the start of TikTok, “meat is really juicy.” And let me tell you, she wasn’t lying. The water in the pan plus the curd spread under the skin makes a very juicy and very tender chicken. The only real problem I ran into was that my chicken legs weren’t cooperating when I tried to flip the thighs so they were right side up, but the end result was beautiful. Y delicious. The lemon curd chicken gets two thumbs up from me, but I have a few ideas below on how to jazz it up a bit.

If You’re Making Lemon Curd Chicken From Ali Slagle, A Few Tips

nicole rufus

Assistant Food Editor

Nicole is the assistant food editor at Kitchn. She writes about recipes and develops some of her own. She can usually be found playing in the kitchen or window shopping online. She currently resides in Brooklyn and is earning her master’s degree in Food Studies.

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