Recipe: Christmas Chicken

Recipe: Christmas Chicken

Roast chickens are so easy and work for at least a round of leftovers before turning into delicious soup. This week’s recipe had a bit of a holiday flair that I think will be a new tradition!

Christmas Chicken

1 high quality whole chicken (about 4 lbs)
1 satsuma orange or similar
1 large clove of garlic
1/4 cup of kosher salt
2 teaspoons of pepper
1 heaping teaspoon of nutmeg
Pre-heat the oven to 450. Prepare your rub first. Zest the orange and the garlic with a microplane. Mix with the salt, pepper and nutmeg in a small bowl.

Next, the chicken. Ditch the giblets and drain the chicken of any juices. Trim off the extra skin and fat at the opening with kitchen scissors. Run your hand between the skin and the meat of the chicken to loosen it. Rub about half the mixture under the skin. Truss the chicken legs together and rub the rest of the mix on the outside. Make sure you get enough salt on every part including the underside.

Roast until a meat thermometer deep in the chicken breast reaches 150, around an hour. Let the bird rest for about 5 minutes before carving up.

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  1. Anonymous at 2:39 pm

    Stick the rest of the satsuma (or an orange, lemon, or apple) into the cavity. Poke holes in the fruit and it will expel its juice while the chicken cooks, making it even more tender and giving it an extra boost of flavor.

  2. kelly at 11:54 am

    i made this friday night..i had pit the satsuma in the cavity…the flavor was awesome!!!

  3. SarahMC at 4:17 pm

    I made this last night using a clementine, which I then put in the cavity. Delicious!

  4. Tristen at 9:43 pm

    I made this last weekend and it was divine… thank you! So easy to make ahead of time and pop in the oven before everyone arrives.