Chrissy Teigen's Thanksgiving Menu Includes a "Better Than Ina's" Roast Chicken Recipe
In case you missed it, Chrissy Teigen launched her highly anticipated food and recipe site earlier this week. Today she debuted a Thanksgiving menu builder on the site with 36 beautiful recipes to choose from. While our mouths were watering at the sight of her Beef Wellington and husband John's Macaroni and Cheese, we couldn't help but notice one recipe, titled, "Better Than Ina's Roast Chicken." Yep, she went there with our beloved Barefoot Contessa.
Ina Garten's "Perfect Roast Chicken" recipe has been a cult classic for years—it has over five stars and more than 1,100 reviews on Food Network. Teigen's recipe must be pretty fantastic for her to feel comfortable comparing it to Garten's. In Chrissy's defense, though, she does acknowledge the iconic status of her fellow home cook's version.
"When I first created this recipe, the title jokingly suggested that my chicken was better than a certain barefoot cooking goddess's version," Teigen says in the recipe notes. "A few years in, I think it's safe to say that both our chickens are legendary, so now I'm making the 'BTI' stand for 'But Then I made the best roast chicken,' or 'Best Thing In the cookbook,' or…(please send any and all ideas)."
While both of these women are culinary queens, we were pretty interested to see what makes each recipe special. First off, Ina's roast chicken requires just 20 minutes of prep time, while Chrissy's requires 40 minutes. Chrissy's uses parsnips, while Ina's uses fennel. And finally, Chrissy's recipe uses *four times* the amount of butter than Ina's recipe!
We know roast chicken will be the star of Chrissy's table this year, as she is pretty vocal about her hatred for Thanksgiving turkey. We wouldn't be surprised if Ina stuck to tradition, turkey booties and all. One can only hope they will go head-to-head with their recipes (we're available to taste test, Chrissy and Ina!).