Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges

April 23rd, 2011 in Chicken, Main Dish Recipes by
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Total cooking time: 2h 30min  
Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges

Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges

This roast chicken was a first real food we cooked in our new home since the move (yep, we got a house!). So it was kind of the “celebration of new home” meal :).

If you are looking for some easy recipe for some special event – search no more: whole chicken roast stuffed with oranges is very-very juicy and has a bit unusual sweet taste.

It goes good with mashed potatoes or plain boiled rice as a side dish.

If you don’t like taste of orange zest – peel oranges before stuffing, that will smooth taste a bit.

Ingredients:

  • 3.5 lb – 4lb whole fresh chicken
  • 3-4 medium size oranges
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • Ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste

How to prepare, step-by-step:

  1. Prepare ingredients: rinse chicken (if it has giblets – remove then, you will not need chicken giblets for this recipe), wash oranges:
    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 1

    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 1

  2. Warm up oven till 340F. Arrange chicken in the baking pan and rub it with salt and ground black pepper from both sides, also inside and out:
    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 2

    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 2

  3. Slice oranges in circles (if you don’t like taste of orange zest – peel oranges before slicing):
    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 3

    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 3

  4. Trickiest part in this recipe is to stuff oranges under chicken skin. Just don’t rush and carefully push slice after slice under the skin (you can separate skin from the meat with a knife to make it a bit easier, but try not to damage skin):
    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 4

    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 4

  5. About 5-6 slices will fit on one side:
    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 5

    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 5

  6. Then flip chicken to the other side and repeat the same (4-5 orange slice will do):
    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 6

    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 6

  7. Flip chicken back. Peel garlic cloves and slice them lengthwise in to halves or quarters:
    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 7

    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 7

  8. And put inside of the chicken cavity:
    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 8

    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 8

  9. Stuff chicken cavity with orange slices and tips, as much as you can fit:
    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 9

    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 9

  10. Then tie chicken legs together with cooking twine:
    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 10

    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 10

  11. If you have some oranges left – add them to the baking pan, then put pan to the oven (preheated to 340F):
    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 11

    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 11

  12. Roast chicken with oranges for about 2h – 2.5h, from time to time pour juices from the pan over chicken, that will make it even juicier. When chicken is cooked though (if you pierce meat with knife around thigh – clear colored juice comes out) remove pan from the oven:
    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 12

    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 12

  13. Slice whole roast chicken into portion pieces (remove skin and oranges if you wish) and serve with your choice of side dish:
    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 13

    Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges Recipe: Step 13

Enjoy!

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6 Responses to “Whole Chicken Roast with Oranges”

  1. Michael says:

    Hi,

    I’m big fan of your site. Great and delicious recipes. I would like to use this recipe for a small (1lb.) cornish hen. How should I adjust the temp & roast time. Thank you

    • Thank you Michael!

      I am not sure if you will be able to put oranges under the skin of small hen, maybe if you slice them up and peel oranges probably. Temperature I would keep the same one, cooking time needs to be reduced… I would start with 45mins and then check juices in the chicken thigh from time to time – as soon as it comes clean – chicken is ready. Hope it works :)

  2. krysten says:

    I am cooking the chicken now and seeing how it turns out. I am a little scared though my chickens tend to come out dry. But I will let everyone know how it comes out!!!

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