Engagement Chicken

CAST-IRON ROASTED HONEY AND CITRUS CHICKEN WITH CRISPY POTATOES

This is one is one of my favorite and deliciously nurturing recipe for roasted chicken. It’s a bit different from the usually roasted chickens; It’s cooked in a cast iron pan or a Dutch oven. This chicken is comfort food with a twist. It calls for honey and tangerine juice. As the chicken roasts, the honey condenses and caramelizes, becoming thicker and stickier and turning the chicken’s skin crisp and brown, the tangerine adds an unusual citrusy taste to the otherwise bland meat. Honey and tangerines not only donate a sweet and sour taste, they also infuse the meal with vitamins and winter goodness. You have to remember to rotate the chicken and baste the bird because the skin burns in spots. Rest the chicken for 10 to 15 minutes before carving.  The juices are tangy and sweet and the potatoes come out crispy and flavorful. This roasted chicken is great for a family winter meal or be like Harry and Meg and make it for your engagement night.


Cast-Iron Roasted Honey and Citrus Chicken with Crispy Potatoes
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Recipe by Silvia Baldini — This is one is one of my favorite and deliciously nurturing recipe for roasted chicken. It’s a bit different from the usually roasted chickens; It’s cooked in a cast iron pan or a Dutch oven. This chicken is comfort food with a twist. It calls for honey and tangerine juice. As the chicken roasts, the honey condenses and caramelizes, becoming thicker and stickier and turning the chicken’s skin crisp and brown, the tangerine adds an unusual citrusy taste to the otherwise bland meat. Honey and tangerines not only donate a sweet and sour taste, they also infuse the meal with vitamins and winter goodness. You have to remember to rotate the chicken and baste the bird because the skin burns in spots. Rest the chicken for 10 to 15 minutes before carving.  The juices are tangy and sweet and the potatoes come out crispy and flavorful. This roasted chicken is great for a family winter meal or be like Harry and Meg and make it for your engagement night.
Servings Prep Time
4/6 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4/6 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Cast-Iron Roasted Honey and Citrus Chicken with Crispy Potatoes
Print Recipe
Recipe by Silvia Baldini — This is one is one of my favorite and deliciously nurturing recipe for roasted chicken. It’s a bit different from the usually roasted chickens; It’s cooked in a cast iron pan or a Dutch oven. This chicken is comfort food with a twist. It calls for honey and tangerine juice. As the chicken roasts, the honey condenses and caramelizes, becoming thicker and stickier and turning the chicken’s skin crisp and brown, the tangerine adds an unusual citrusy taste to the otherwise bland meat. Honey and tangerines not only donate a sweet and sour taste, they also infuse the meal with vitamins and winter goodness. You have to remember to rotate the chicken and baste the bird because the skin burns in spots. Rest the chicken for 10 to 15 minutes before carving.  The juices are tangy and sweet and the potatoes come out crispy and flavorful. This roasted chicken is great for a family winter meal or be like Harry and Meg and make it for your engagement night.
Servings Prep Time
4/6 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4/6 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 3 1/2 - 4 puond whole chicken
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 medium white onion, halved
  • 4 leaves fresh sage
  • 3 medium tangerines
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, scrubbed, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • fine sea salt
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Instructions
  1. Prep the chicken. Season with salt and pepper the cavities and the outside. Stuff the chicken with the garlic, the rosemary, sage and the 2 onions half. Slice one of the tangerines in thin slices and place the chicken and the tangerine slices aside.
  2. Place a rack in upper third of oven and set a 12" cast-iron skillet or 3-qt. enameled cast-iron baking dish on rack. Preheat oven to 425° F.
  3. Meanwhile, toss potatoes, butter, thyme, and 1 tablespoon oil in a large bowl to coat; season with salt and pepper.
  4. Once oven reaches temperature, drizzle the oil into hot skillet (this helps keep the chicken from sticking and tearing the skin). Place the tangerine slice at the bottom of the skillet and the chicken in the center of tangerine and arrange potatoes around.
  5. Juice the 2 remaining tangerines. In a tall jug combine the tangerine juice with the balsamic vinegar, the honey, the garlic cloves, the rosemary and a pinch of salt and pepper. Whiz with a hand held blender for a minute or two.
  6. Spoon all but 1/4 cup of liquid over all the chicken. Place chicken in oven and roast for 10 minutes. Spoon accumulated juices back over chicken, reverse pan back to front, and return to oven. Repeat a couple of times, basting every 10 minutes and switching pan position each time. If chicken browns too quickly, lower heat a bit. If juices dry up, use reserved liquid and 1 or 2 tablespoons of water.
  7. After 50 minutes of roasting, insert an instant-read thermometer into a thigh; when it reads 155 to 165 degrees, remove chicken from oven, and baste one final time. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.
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