DIY Small Holiday Dinner Ideas: Perfectly Roasted Chicken in 40 minutes.

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So as we all know Thanksgiving and Christmas are going to be a complete mental challenge for all! If you’re like my family you’re use to visiting family on the holidays and not typically in charge of hosting the Thanksgiving or Christmas feast! With everything going on in terms of Coronavirus and this pandemic perhaps you’re not really sure what you’re doing for Thanksgiving or Christmas and are now feeling disappointed and a little overwhelmed at still maintaining holiday traditions and keeping it special for your kids. For the past few weeks, I have had a few ideas for how to make the holidays still feel special without being able to see family and friends

One suggestion my husband had, which I thought was great especially if it’s just the 4 of us celebrating, is to make a chicken instead of a turkey. Although I do love a good thanksgiving meal I’m not particularly fond of turkey in general and with our Thanksgiving holiday needing to be scaled back even a small turkey is overkill for the 4 of us. A roast chicken is not only delicious and a great substitute for a Thanksgiving turkey, but will also save time and energy on this joyous occasion that will allow you to spend more time with your family instead of stressing out!

I have the perfect way to cook a chicken that is incredibly fast, easy, and delicious!

On Amazon Prime Day I made an impulse purchase that I’m incredibly happy with. I bought the Instant Pot Duo Crisp Pressure Cooker 11 in 1, 8 Qt with Air Fryer, Roast, Bake, Dehydrate, and more. I have always been curious about air frying but didn’t really want another appliance taking up space in the kitchen but on Prime Day it was on sale for $99 and couldn’t resist. 

They do make a retrofitted air frying lid for the original instant pots that you can buy, but I believe it’s only for the 6 quarts Instant Pot and the cost is $79 which is almost equal to the price I paid for the Instant Pot Duo Crisp Pressure Cooker 11 in 1, 8 Qt with Air Fryer, Roast, Bake, Dehydrate and more. I’m not entirely sure if it works for the 8 quart instant pot but I am okay with having 2 pressure cookers. I’ve often had to transfer recipes from one pot to another to use the air fry basket and having the additional stainless steel pot comes in handy. I can also use the second one to make a side dish while making a main entrée.  

I’ve made chicken thighs in the instant pot but the skin never comes out crispy, so I never would have attempted a whole chicken until the air fry option was available.

I followed the instructions from this recipe on how to cook it but did a different approach to the recipe.