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Orange and Rosemary Roast Chicken

Orange and Rosemary Roast Chicken

Difficulty: Easy
Season: Winter
Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 120 minutes

How to


1. Preheat oven to 190°C

2. Pat the chicken dry inside and out. Rub the cavity with 2 tsp of the salt and all the pepper then stuff it with the rosemary sprigs, orange and lemon quarters (retain one lemon quarter) and garlic cloves. Squeeze the remaining lemon quarter over the skin and sprinkle with the remaining salt.

3. Place the chicken, breast side up, into a roasting pan. Arrange the potatoes around the chicken and toss any remaining orange and lemon quarters, garlic, and herb sprigs that would not fit inside the cavity on top.

4. Roast the chicken for 1 hour and 45 minutes, or until the juices run clear.  Transfer the chicken to a board to rest covered in foil for approx. 15 minutes.

5. Increase the oven heat to 220°C and brown the potatoes for a further 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and transfer potatoes to a warmed serving dish.

6. Pour 1 cup of the stock into the roasting pan and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom. Strain the liquid through a sieve into a saucepan and place on low heat.

7. Add the butter and remaining stock to the saucepan. When the butter has melted, sprinkle the liquid with 1 tablespoon of the flour and whisk until it dissolves.  Cook for 5 minutes until sauce thickens then carefully remove cooked citrus from the chicken cavity and squeeze the juice into the saucepan. Cook until the gravy has thickened again and is glossy, then season to taste.

To Serve

Serve the roast chicken and potatoes with steamed broccolini and the gravy on the side.


1.8kg whole chicken

3 tsp sea salt

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 small orange, quartered

1 lemon, quartered

6 cloves garlic, smashed

4 rosemary sprigs

500g potatoes, peeled and quartered

4 cups chicken stock

25g unsalted butter

2 tbsp plain flour