Plum-Glazed Roast Chicken Recipe

Plum-Glazed Roast Chicken
A flavorful, festive favorite!

“It's been a favorite holiday dish ever since I started making it. A small 9- to 11-pound turkey may be substituted for chicken—I've used both.”
—Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia


  • 4 medium oranges, halved and seeds removed
  • 1 roasting chicken (6 to 7 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (15 ounces) plums
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup thawed lemonade concentrate
  • 1/3 cup chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 drops hot pepper sauce, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Arrange oranges in a shallow roasting pan, cut sides down. Place chicken over oranges, breast side up. Mix garlic powder and salt; rub over the outside and inside of chicken. Tuck wings under chicken; tie drumsticks together.
  2. Roast 1-1/4 hours. Meanwhile, drain plums, reserving liquid. Remove pits from plums. Place plums in a food processor; process until pureed.
  3. In a large skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until tender. Add pureed plums and reserved plum liquid; stir in remaining ingredients.
  4. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove 3/4 cup mixture for glaze; reserve remaining mixture for sauce.
  5. Remove chicken from oven; brush chicken with some of the glaze. Roast 3/4 to 1-1/4 hours longer or until a thermometer inserted in thigh reads 180°, brushing occasionally with remaining glaze. (Cover loosely with foil if chicken browns too quickly.)
  6. Remove chicken from oven; tent with foil. Let stand 15 minutes before carving. Reheat reserved sauce. Serve chicken with sauce.

Yield: 8 servings Prep time: 15 min. Bake: 2 hrs + standing

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