Monday, June 17, 2013

Summery Chicken

Today was not a good day to roast chicken and have two burners going...and the dryer running. I was melting in the kitchen but it was all worth it! Today brought us a citrus-herb roasted chicken accompanied by a lemon-herb pearled couscous and sauteed (local!) squash. The chicken had a wonderful sweet citrus flavor. It was a nice change from the spicy creole seasoning kick I'm on. Every other bite you would get a burst of herbs. It's a fun summery recipe that would be great if you had a larger group of people to serve.
The spread! I love the color of the veggies in the cobalt Fiesta.
The dish looked so pretty pre and post baking.
It also smelled divine.
Citrus and Herb Roasted Chicken
(Pinterest find! From
1/4 cup olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons sugar
2 whole lemons, one juiced and one sliced
2 whole oranges, one juiced and one sliced
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
10-12 pieces (about 4 1/2 lbs.) bone-in chicken parts
1 medium onion (any kind), thinly sliced
1 teaspoon dried thyme, or fresh chopped
1 tablespoon dried rosemary, or fresh chopped
Chopped fresh herbs (optional garnish)
1. In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, garlic, sugar, lemon juice, orange juice, Italian seasoning, paprika, onion powder, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper.
2. Place chicken in a bag/tupperware container with the marinade, let sit at least one hour or overnight.
3. Place chicken, skin side up, and marinade in rimmed 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Arrange slices of lemon, orange and onion around and under the chicken. Sprinkle all over generously with thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper.
4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake uncovered for about 1 hour, or until chicken is cooked and juices run clear. Remove parts to a serving platter and garnish with additional chopped fresh herbs, if desired.

And then for something sweet from my secret stash.
He'll never look in here.


  1. This sounds really good. I think I will try it next time I buy chicken.

  2. I tried it! Excellent. Kathleen brought free range organic chicken. I had fresh herbs from my garden. the only addition I would do is to foil line the pan. Couldn't get the burned spatter off. will make it again. the citrus was wonderful.