Japanese Roast Chicken

Sesame seeds, pepper, garlic, and dried orange peel infuse each bite of this Japanese Roast Chicken recipe with warm Asian flavors.

Japanese Roast Chicken
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
35 mins
Roast Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 4 pound whole roasting chicken

  • 2 tablespoon Japanese 7 Spice Mix

  • 1 large seedless navel orange, cut lengthwise into 8 wedges

  • 1 pound baby carrots with tops

  • 1 pound baby bok choy, halved lengthwise

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • Japanese 7 Spice Mix

  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • Snipped fresh herbs

Japanese 7 Spice Mix

  • 2 tablespoon dried orange peel

  • 4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

  • 2 teaspoon black sesame seeds

  • 2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 500°F. Pat skin and cavity of chicken dry with paper towels. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons Japanese 7 spice all over outside and inside cavity of chicken. Place on a small rack in a roasting pan, breast side down. Insert 2 orange wedges into cavity. Roast for 20 minutes.

  2. Turn chicken breast side up. Arrange carrots and bok choy around rack in roasting pan. Drizzle vegetables with olive oil and season with salt.

  3. Reduce oven to 350°F. Roast for 1 hour more or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh registers at least 170°F. Brush with 1 tablespoon butter during the last 5 minutes of roasting. Remove oranges from cavity and squeeze juices into roasting pan. Remove chicken and vegetables to a platter. Sprinkle vegetables with additional Japanese 7 Spice. Cover and let stand 15 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, add chicken broth to hot roasting pan. Cook and stir over medium-high heat, scraping up browned bits in bottom of pan. Bring to boiling. Boil, uncovered, for about 8 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup. Remove from heat; whisk in sesame oil.

  5. Carve chicken and serve with vegetables and sauce. Sprinkle with fresh herbs. Serve with remaining orange wedges.

Japanese 7 Spice Mix

  1. Shake everything together in a small jar, cover and store in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

807 Calories
53g Fat
19g Carbs
62g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 807
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 53g 68%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 237mg 79%
Sodium 1187mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 62g
Vitamin C 82.5mg 413%
Calcium 216mg 17%
Iron 4.3mg 24%
Potassium 1262mg 27%
Folate, total 123mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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