Garlic and Citrus Roast Chicken

Vickie Parks


This is so good. It's very easy to prepare too, and it produces a tasty, moist roasted chicken. The sauce was great served over rice, too.

For this recipe, you'll need kitchen string or butcher twine.


★★★★★ 1 vote

15 Min
1 Hr 45 Min


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  • 5 to 6 lb
    roasting chicken, neck and giblets removed
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1 large
    orange, quartered
  • 1 large
    lemon, quartered
  • 1
    garlic head, halved lengthwise
  • 3 clove
    garlic, chopped
  • 28 oz
    reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 c
    frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1/4 c
    fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp
    chopped fresh oregano leaves

How to Make Garlic and Citrus Roast Chicken


  1. Position the rack in the center of the oven, and preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Pat the chicken dry and sprinkle the cavity with salt and pepper. Stuff the cavity with the orange wedges, lemon wedges, and garlic halves. Tie the chicken legs together with kitchen string to help hold its shape. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. Place a rack in a large roasting pan. Place the chicken, breast side up, on the rack in the pan. Roast the chicken for 1 hour, basting occasionally and adding some chicken broth to the pan, if necessary, to prevent the pan drippings from burning.
  4. Whisk the orange juice, lemon juice, oil, oregano, and chopped garlic in a medium bowl to blend. Brush some of the juice mixture over the chicken, after it has baked for 1 hour. Continue roasting the chicken until an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the innermost part of the thigh registers 170°F, basting occasionally with the juice mixture and adding broth to the pan, about 45 minutes longer.
  5. Transfer the chicken to a platter. Tent with foil while making the sauce (do not clean the pan).
  6. Place the same roasting pan over medium-low heat. Whisk in any remaining broth and simmer until the sauce is reduced to 1 cup, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Strain into a 2-cup glass measuring cup and discard the solids. Spoon the fat from the top of the sauce.
  7. Serve the chicken with the pan sauce.

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About Garlic and Citrus Roast Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Low Carb

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