Roasted Chicken With Nutmeg and Orange

Mikekey *


A nice flavorful change from the usual Sunday roast chicken. Makes a nice Fall dinner. Serve with roasted potatoes and steamed baby carrots


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20 Min
1 Hr 30 Min


  • 4 lb
    whole roasting chicken
  • 1 tsp
    grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp
    ground nutmeg, divided
  • 1 Tbsp
    unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt, divided
  • 2 Tbsp
    orange juice, fresh
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh lemon juice
  • ·
    ground black pepper, to taste

How to Make Roasted Chicken With Nutmeg and Orange


  1. Preheat oven to 375º F.
  2. Remove excess fat from cavity of chicken.
  3. Combine orange zest, half of the nutmeg, butter, olive oil and half of the salt. Set aside.
  4. Combine citrus juices and set aside.
  5. With fingers, gently loosen skin from breast and thigh/leg area. Put butter mixture under loosened skin, patting skin back into place to spread butter. Season with half of remaining nutmeg and salt.
  6. Place an oiled roasting rack in roasting pan. Place chicken (trussed if desired) breast side down. Roast 40 minutes. Carefully turn chicken breast side up and baste with cooking juices.
  7. Pour citrus juice over top of chicken and season with remaining salt and nutmeg, and pepper. Roast without basting another 40 minutes, or until internal temperature in leg/thigh area reaches 180ºF.
  8. Remove to cutting board and let rest 10 minutes before carving.

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About Roasted Chicken With Nutmeg and Orange

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American

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