Garlic and Citrus Chicken

  • prep time15 min
  • total time 125 min
  • serves 6

A slow-roasted whole chicken packed with the light citrus-y flavours of orange and lemon.

57 Ratings
Directions for: Garlic and Citrus Chicken


1 (5 to 6-lb) 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-oz) cans reduced-sodium chicken broth

¼ cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

¼ cup lemon juice

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp oregano leaves, chopped

Kitchen string or butcher twine


1. Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400ºF.

2. 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.

3. 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 170ºF, 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).

4. 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.

See more: Chicken, Dinner, Citrus, Main, Roast


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