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Citrus-Spiced Roast Chicken Recipe

Citrus-Spiced Roast Chicken Recipe

I am the designated Thanksgiving host in my family because of my chipotle citrus roast turkey. Even finicky eaters love it. That's why I use the same recipe for chicken, so we can enjoy it year-round. —Robin Haas, Cranston, Rhode Island
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing YIELD:6 servings


  • 3 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (4 pounds)


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Mix marmalade, chipotle peppers, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt and cumin. With fingers, carefully loosen skin from chicken; rub mixture under the skin.
  • 2. Place chicken on a rack in a shallow roasting pan, breast side up. Tuck wings under chicken; tie drumsticks together. Rub skin with remaining salt.
  • 3. Roast 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until a thermometer inserted in thigh reads 180°. Baste occasionally with pan drippings. (Cover loosely with foil if chicken browns too quickly.)
  • 4. Remove chicken from oven; tent with foil. Let stand 15 minutes before carving. Remove and discard skin before serving. If desired, skim fat and thicken pan drippings for gravy. Serve with chicken. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

4 ounces cooked chicken (skin removed) equals 239 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 98 mg cholesterol, 409 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 32 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 4 lean meat.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.