Garlic and Citrus Chicken

TOTAL TIME: 2 hr 5 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 1 hr 50 min
 
YIELD: 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1 (5 to 6-pound) whole roasting chicken, neck and giblets discarded
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 orange, quartered
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 1 head garlic, halved crosswise, plus 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • Kitchen string or butcher twine
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Directions

Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F.

Pat the chicken dry and sprinkle the cavity with salt and pepper. Stuff the cavity with the orange, lemon, and garlic halves. Tie the chicken legs together with kitchen string to help hold its shape. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper.

Place a rack in a large roasting pan. Place the chicken, breast side up, on the rack in the pan. Roast the chicken for 1 hour, basting occasionally and adding some chicken broth to the pan, if necessary, to prevent the pan drippings from burning. Whisk the orange juice, lemon juice, oil, oregano, and chopped garlic in a medium bowl to blend. Brush some of the juice mixture over the chicken, after it has baked 1 hour. Continue roasting the chicken until an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the innermost part of the thigh registers 170 degrees F, basting occasionally with the juice mixture and adding broth to the pan, about 45 minutes longer. Transfer the chicken to a platter. Tent with foil while making the sauce (do not clean the pan).

Place the same roasting pan over medium-low heat. Whisk in any remaining broth and simmer until the sauce is reduced to 1 cup, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Strain into a 2-cup glass measuring cup and discard the solids. Spoon the fat from the top of the sauce. Serve the chicken with the pan sauce.

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  • on December 26, 2012

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    I have made this recipe so many times. It comes out perfect every time! My family loves it! It is so easy to make. Like most of Giada's recipes the simple ingredients come together to make a beautiful healthy meal. It is a lovely presentation. I have made it for friends that are sick, elderly people who can't get out, families returning from vacation and they all have just loved it. I keep the ingredients on hand. Once you have made this chicken, it is an easy meal to throw together. Giada is my go to chef for healthy simple but beautiful elegant food. I think she is just brilliant. This recipe is a perfect example.

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  • on January 30, 2012

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    i love dis recipe.i have been doing it for a long time now and we love it,my bf enjoy it more me.we even fight 4 the back bone.it's very nice.

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  • on January 29, 2012

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    Wow easy an delicious. My husband asked if i picked it clean because he wanted every little piece. The meat also fell right off the bone.

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