You can use this recipe as a marinade if you want. I, however, had no time to marinade when my four year old – at 2:00 in the afternoon! – decided he wanted chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, and rolls for his birthday dinner. The plan WAS pizza, and my family was coming for dinner! Say what?!

Honestly, I had to go buy 3 chickens! Luckily, I grabbed some apple cider while I was at the store. The concoction I put on these chickens was instantly put into the oven, and really held in the juices. My brother-in-law, even asked if I had bought rotisserie chicken! They were that juicy, and delicious! The gravy=the bomb! Here’s the recipe:

You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 cup of apple cider
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 t. dried garlic powder
  • 1 T minced fresh chives
  • 1 T fresh parsley or parsley paste
  • 1 T fresh basil or basil paste
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. pepper
  • 1 t. dried mustard

Now, on to the good stuff:

  • Who has time to marinade a turkey or chicken? This is a great recipe for a no-marinade Thanksgiving! Delicious!
  • Mix all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  • Place your turkey or roasting chicken in a roasting pan
  • Who has time to marinade a turkey or chicken? This is a great recipe for a no-marinade Thanksgiving! Delicious!
  • Pour the (marinade) over the bird
  • Roast according to your roasting guide – if you need to look it up, here’s a link: click here
  • Occasionally baste the turkey with pan juices
  • When your bird is ready, remove from oven, transfer to a serving platter, and carve
  • Pour some of the juices into a small saucepan
  • Make a thickening agent for the gravy – grab a coffee mug, and mix about 2 T. of flour with 1/4 cup of cold water, mix rapidly until lumps are gone
  • Add to the juices, and cook over medium/high heat, stirring occasionally until gravy is thickened
  • Who has time to marinade a turkey or chicken? This is a great recipe for a no-marinade Thanksgiving! Delicious!

Enjoy!
~ Melissa – KidFriendlyThingsToDo.com


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