Roast Chicken and Shaved Brussels Sprout and Orange Slaw with Cumin and Aleppo Vinaigrette

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This is a coy move on my end, because I really just wanna tell you about salad.

Real talk: Vegetable salesmanship is hard. In the world of the foodternet, which is all cookies and hot chocolate and Christmas ham at the moment, slinging salad is like trying to sell insurance.

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That’s why I’m luring you in with crispy, generously salted, golden chicken skin. It’s a traffic driver, a door opener, a gateway drug to me convincing you that you need this crunchy, fresh, sweet, and spicy hunk of burning salad love in your life. (Too much?) Also… I don’t mind having perfectly crisped roast chicken around after the fact. Everybody wins.

This is my favorite kind of dinner: half simple, comforting, and maybe a little indulgent, half “Let’s eat aaaallll the fresh colorful vegetables and live forever like all the good-looking grey-haired people in retirement commercials.”

If you’ve never done Brussels sprouts raw, I endorse it heartily! Truthfully, I don’t always love them cooked. Fresh, though? They’re like a better version of cabbage. I mandoline them (without a guard, DON’T YOU BE LIKE ME, safety etc. etc.), but a sharp knife will do the job superbly.

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Oranges are important here, also. I worry about scurvy (false), and also they’re delicious.

The vinaigrette here is really what makes this particular salad near and dear to my heart. It’s dead simple, but full of warm spice. Cumin, as you know, is a flavor powerhouse. Aleppo pepper is mellow, warm, and fruity. Total charmer, that one! It’s one of my favorites in the ol’ spice drawer (yes…. a spice drawer and yes, it’s as chaotic as it sounds). We’re putting cayenne in this also, because on their own, cumin and Aleppo are very mild-mannered folk.

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…Oh, and look, your chicken is ready.

Recipe for that: dry skin + plenty of salt + patience. The less interference, the better.

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We’ve done good work here! Let’s eat. Every badass (that’s you) needs good fuel on a Monday.

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Roast Chicken and Shaved Brussels Sprout and Orange Slaw with Cumin and Aleppo Vinaigrette
Serves 2
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Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
50 min
Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
50 min
  1. 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs or 2 leg quarters
  2. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  3. 2 cups shaved Brussels sprouts
  4. 1 medium orange
  5. 1/4 cup dried tart cherries, cranberries, or raisins
  6. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  7. 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
  8. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  9. 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper (substitute with paprika if unavailable)
  10. 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  11. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. If you’re still rinsing your chicken (and you shouldn’t!), pat it dry very well with paper towels. Trim the chicken of any excess skin/fat and season generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Roast in a baking dish or cast-iron skillet for 45-55 minutes, until skin is crisp and golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile, to make the slaw, segment the orange, reserving the juice.
  5. Combine olive oil, vinegar, cumin, Aleppo and cayenne in a mason jar and shake well. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Combine shaved Brussels sprouts, orange segments, and dried cherries (or cranberries/raisins) in a large bowl with the dressing and toss well. Also drizzle in some of the reserved orange juice, if you'd like.
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  1. says

    Hey there, hope you had a good weekend!!
    This post looks super healthy and just what we need inbetween eating mouthfulls of sweet treats during the holiday season 😉

  2. says

    Oh please, please please, come cook this for me. My kids told me they wanted me to bake one new treat every day – ‘this the season – and we’re on day 2. I feel sick already, and I swear I can feel love handles growing by the second. I need salad, and it’s best if someone makes it for me, b/c, well… Baking. All. The. Time.
    I guess I could just tell my kids “no”.

    • Danguole says

      My goodness, that IS a lot of treat-making. Even for people like us! Hang in there my friend–green things will always be here to help! xoxo

  3. says

    Oh yes, don’t mind if I do. Has anyone ever told you you do fantastic things to chicken thighs? <– Best or worst pick-up line ever? [This could be the new game if you ever get tired of Good Idea/ Bad Idea!] The Simpsons were clearly wrong because you DO make friends with salad. This sounds so good.

    A+ use of the NatPo gif. "What you want, Natalie? To drink and fight!"

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