You Should Be Using This Ingredient For Crispy Roast Chicken

Mmm... roast chicken. This popular poultry dish is the perfect protein element to so many meals, no matter if it's the star of the plate or a flavor-boosting embellishment. There is so much you can do with a juicy, crispy rotisserie chicken. For example, you can enjoy it sliced up for lunch or dinner with a side of veggies, pair it with fluffy waffles and syrup for a hearty breakfast, plop some pieces in your soup, or mix it into a wholesome salad.

It may take some patience and practice to get a perfectly crispy roast chicken time after time. Many food bloggers and chefs swear by one technique, however. There's one not-so-secret ingredient that makes roast chicken come out perfect every time — and you likely have a jar of it in your fridge at this very moment. Here's a big hint: It's a creamy spread that's often used to add zesty flavor and velvety texture to many sandwiches.

Which ingredient helps make roast chicken crispy?

The last thing you want is for your chicken to come out soggy, dry, or — worse yet — bland. Luckily, there's a simple hack to making the best roast chicken ever. When roasting a chicken, consider substituting the traditional butter for another kitchen staple: mayonnaise. That's right! Since it's made with egg and oil, mayonnaise perfectly crisps chicken skin in the oven while keeping the inner meat super tender and succulent (via The Kitchn).

Food site Eatwell101 also endorses using a seasoned mayo rub for whole roast chicken. To make the perfect mayo-based marinade, gather the necessary ingredients: mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, hot chili paste (like Sriracha), Worcestershire sauce, crushed fennel seeds, crushed red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, and salt and pepper. The blend of these herbs and spices with the mayonnaise produces a savory, not-too-spicy kick that you will be able to taste in every single mouthwatering bite.

Psst... Mayo is definitely a force to be reckoned with. For many, it's also the secret ingredient that makes the outer layer of grilled cheese sandwiches taste even better. Mayo to the rescue!