Roasted Orange-Rosemary Chicken


Sundays are the perfect day to roast a chicken.  It takes some time (at least an hour, mostly unattended), which hopefully you’ll have on the weekend, but makes a satisfying, homey meal that is hard to beat.

I love infusing flavor into my chickens with fresh herbs and citrus.  I often use lemon, but on this night I decided to combine orange and fresh rosemary.  By stuffing orange wedges and rosemary into the cavity it gently flavors the meat while also adding moisture.  I also place a couple thin slices of orange between the skin and meat on the breast, which looks pretty and adds a touch more flavor. 

Sunday night never tasted so good!

Roasted Orange-Rosemary Chicken

Serves 4

1 –  5 lb whole chicken

1 orange, cut into wedges

4-5 stalks fresh rosemary

Olive oil

Salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Rinse and pat dry the chicken and place on a wire rack in a roasting pan.  Generously season the bird inside and out with salt and pepper.

Rub about a tablespoon of olive oil over the outside of the chicken.

Reserving one wedge, place the rest of the orange wedges and the rosemary in the cavity of the chicken.  Slice the reserved wedge into two thin slices.  Using your fingers, loosen the skin on the breasts from the meat and slide the orange slices in between.

Roast in oven for approximately 60-75 minutes, or until internal temperature (taken near the inner thigh) reaches 160 degrees.  Chicken should no longer be pink and juices should run clear.

Allow bird to rest for approximately 15 minutes, then carve and serve.

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One Response to “Roasted Orange-Rosemary Chicken”

  1. frances Says:

    Oh that sounds so good, I can taste it!
    I like the idea of putting the orange
    slices under the skin and in the cavity!
    Well done!

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