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Orange Rosemary Chicken Recipe

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Orange Rosemary Chicken Recipe

© 2012 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Oranges and fresh rosemary take baked chicken to an elegant level. It is quite easy to prepare, yet makes an impressive entree on the table. The key is in using the orange zest as a seasoning, as well as the orange pulp. The chicken is stuffed with orange, onions, garlic, carrots, and rosemary which permeates the meat as it cooks. This recipe is designed for the Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System, however, I have also included instructions for traditional baking in a Dutch oven or a deep covered roasting pan.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 navel oranges, divided use
  • 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons sweet Hungarian paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • One 5- to 6-pound whole chicken
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 fresh rosemary sprigs (4 to 6 inches in length), divided use
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and cut into 1-inch wedges
  • 5 carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch lengths
  • 8 whole garlic cloves, peeled, divided use

Preparation:

Remove the zest from one of the oranges using a microplane. (The microplane does the best job of fine-grating the zest.) Cut the zested (rind-less) orange into wedges. Set both zest and oranges aside for the moment.

Set 3-in-1 Ninja cooker to Oven, temperature 425 F.

Whisk mayonnaise, paprika, and onion powder together. Smear this mixture over the exterior skin of the chicken.

Brown the chicken on both top and bottom until golden brown, turning only once. Remove the chicken and place on the rack, breast-side up. Lower oven temperature to 375 F. and add chicken broth to the roasting pan drippings.

Sprinkle browned chicken with salt, pepper, reserved orange zest, and the stripped leaves from 2 sprigs of the rosemary. Stuff the chicken cavity with 2 wedges of onion, 2 carrots, 2 garlic cloves, and 2 whole sprigs of rosemary. Tie legs together.

Place the remaining zested orange wedges, onions, carrots, garlic cloves, and 6 whole rosemary sprigs in the broth in the bottom of the unit's roasting pan. Place the rack with the chicken in the roaster on top of the vegetables. Cover with the lid and set timer for 1 hour. A meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat, not touching bone, should read 165 F. when chicken is done.

Remove the chicken to a platter and let rest for 10 minutes before carving to serve. Garnish with the roasted vegetables, fresh rosemary sprigs, and orange wedges from the remaining orange.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Traditional Oven Method:
Prepare chicken as above, then brown in a Dutch oven or covered roaster. Reduce chicken broth amount to 1-1/2 cups and add to the Dutch oven after removing the browned chicken. Season chicken with zest, salt, pepper, and rosemary leaves and stuff as above. Layer the remaining zested orange wedges, vegetables, garlic, and 6 rosemary sprigs in the bottom of the Dutch oven. Place chicken on a v-rack on top of the vegetables. Cover and bake 1 hour. Remove chicken, let rest for 10 minutes, then carve. Garnish as above.
Orange Rosemary Chicken Recipe Photo © 2012 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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 5 out of 5
Wonderful orange flavor!, Member collectiblegal

The combination of oranges and rosemary was fabulous on this chicken. The kids really loved it, and so did the hubby. The fresh orange zest was fantastic on the skin (my favorite part!). Forget rotisserie chicken, this is the best ever.

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