Roasted Chicken Dinner Party Menu

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It’s about that time! Another dinner party menu coming your way. This time get ready for the most perfect Roasted Chicken Dinner Party Menu!! (and yes, there’s a new signature cocktail!)

There’s nothing I love more than entertaining friends. I missed it so much last year and the earlier part of 2021 as we were settling into newborn life. These days… I’m all about it. We’ve hit our stride with getting Poppy down for bed and then hosting some of our nearest and dearest for a fun night of good food, great drinks and quality time together. And games…. LIVE for a game night at the end of a dinner party.

Below you’ll find my go-to winter dinner party menu these days. It’s centered around one of my favorite roasted chicken recipes (inspired by Zuni Cafe up in San Francisco). The whole menu is mega flavorful and honestly quite easy to pull off. The chicken gets prepped the day before so it’s one less thing to worry above day of. The sides are all very approachable and easy too! And the cocktail… chefs kiss. I’m obsessed.

Full menu with all the recipes below along with tips and tricks for getting everything on the table seamlessly!

Roasted Chicken Dinner Party Menu

  • Zuni Roasted Whole Chicken with Chimichurri – prep the chicken the day before, or even 2 days before and let it brine in your fridge.
  • Winter Greens Salad with Pecorino Dressing – any winter green will work for this recipe. But the combo I use here is my current favorite!
  • Cheesy Polenta – you could prep this ahead of time but if you do, you’ll need to add about 1/4 cup of milk or stock to thin it out when you reheat
  • Roasted Broccolini with Lemon Garlic and Parm – another one that can be prepped ahead of time. Just don’t add the dressing until right before you serve. If you’re prepping it early, re-heat in the oven for 5 minutes to warm at 350 degrees and THEN add the dressing
  • Campari Rosé Spritz – the campari and rosé part of this cocktail can be batched out in a pitcher and made the morning of your dinner. Store it in the fridge and then follow the recipe as needed when it’s time to serve.

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