The orange flavor dresses up your everyday chicken, making it a wonderful choice for a special meal. The glazed orange slices are a lovely garnishing idea. Why not add them to a rice side dish as well!
- 1 whole chicken (3½ to 4 lbs) -
- (or 1 chicken, cut in 6 pieces) -
- 1 navel orange, sliced crosswise into rounds -
- 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil -
- Kosher salt -
- Freshly ground black pepper -
- ¼ cup orange jam or apricot jam -
- 1 tsp ground fresh ginger (or ½ tsp dried ginger) -
- 2 tsp soy sauce -
- 2 tsp fresh lemon juice -
- Glazed Oranges (optional)
- 2 Tbsp oil -
- ¼ cup corn syrup -
- 1 Tbsp honey -
- 2 to 3 seedless oranges (or Clementine oranges), thinly sliced -
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. If using a whole chicken, butterfly it as directed below.
2. Grease a baking dish large enough to fit the flattened chicken (about 10 inches round). Place a layer of orange slices in the bottom of the dish. Place chicken on top, skin side up. Rub chicken skin with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover well and bake for one hour.
3. Meanwhile, combine all ingredients for glaze in a small bowl.
4. After chicken has cooked for an hour, remove from oven and spread glaze evenly all over skin. You can add glazed oranges randomly on top of the skin (optional). Cover again and bake 35 to 40 minutes longer.
5. Preheat oven to 450°F and roast chicken uncovered 3 or 4 minutes.
6. For Glazed Oranges, place oil, corn syrup and honey into a saucepan and mix well. Add orange slices and bring to a simmer. Make sure oranges are coated on all sides (you may have to flip them over) and let simmer gently about 20 minutes.
7. Remove oranges from pan with a fork and place on parchment paper until ready to use.
HOW TO BUTTERFLY A CHICKEN: Place chicken, breast side-down and with the tail towards you, on a flat surface. Beginning at one side of the tail, cut through skin, meat and bones to the neck end with poultry scissors. Repeat on the other side of the tail. Lift out backbone (add it when you make your chicken soup). Turn chicken over, laid out flat. Press down on the chicken breast to flatten it.