Orange-Roasted Chicken


Upgrade classic roast chicken by wrapping the bird in bacon and coating in a citrusy vinaigrette.

Orange-Roasted Chicken
Photo: Andy Lyons
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins


  • 7 clementines or desired oranges

  • 1 3.5-4 pound whole chicken

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

  • 4 strips bacon

  • 12 fresh sage leaves

  • cup pure maple syrup

  • ¼ cup dry sherry

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Halve all seven clementines. Thinly slice four halves into half-moons; set all aside.

  2. Rinse chicken body cavity; pat dry. Season inside and outside of chicken with salt and black pepper. Place one clementine half in cavity. Twist wing tips under back; tie drumsticks together using 100-percent- cotton kitchen string. Place breast side up in a 13×9×2-inch baking pan or dish.

  3. Lay bacon lengthwise on chicken breast; tuck six sage leaves and all clementine slices under bacon.

  4. For vinaigrette: Over a small bowl juice four clementine halves. Whisk in maple syrup, sherry, oil, and garlic; set aside.

  5. Place remaining five clementine halves around chicken. Chop remaining sage leaves; sprinkle over clementines. Roast chicken 20 minutes. Spoon half the vinaigrette over chicken. Reduce heat to 350°F; cover chicken with foil. Roast 50 to 60 minutes, spooning remaining vinaigrette over chicken every 15 minutes. Remove; set aside foil. Roast 10 minutes more or until a meat thermometer inserted into thigh registers at least 170°F. Cover with foil; let stand 10 minutes. To serve, squeeze one roasted clementine half over chicken.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

603 Calories
19g Fat
33g Carbs
64g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 603
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 204mg 68%
Sodium 882mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 64g
Vitamin C 54.9mg 275%
Calcium 96.8mg 7%
Iron 3.1mg 17%
Potassium 880mg 19%
Folate, total 38.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.1mg

*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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