If you’re not going whole turkey

8 Recipes
Honey-bourbon roast chicken
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

This holiday season, consider alternative fowl play for Thanksgiving.


The pandemic may have put a damper on your guest list this year, but it need not dampen your spirit. While your smaller crowd may not warrant a 25- or even a 12-pound turkey, there are other ways to serve turkey. It is great in mole and it makes a terrific schnitzel.

Then again, who says Thanksgiving dinner has to be a turkey? If the holiday just wouldn’t seem right without a whole bird, perhaps try game hens, dressed for the occasion. Or maybe go for a large chicken, brined with some bourbon added to the herbs and spices, beautifully lacquered and roasted “turkey style.” These recipes will lead you to some tasty alternatives.

Omar Lezcas’ Turkey in Black Mole

Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Yields Serves 6 to 8

Turkey Milanese

Time 20 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Grilled Turkey With Piquillo-pine Nut Sauce

Time 20 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Turkey Schnitzel

Time 30 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Roasted Cornish Game Hens With Meyer Lemons

Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Yields Servings: 2

Honey-bourbon Roast Chicken

Time 2 hours
Yields Serves 4 to 6