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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Herb and Citrus Oven Roasted Chicken

I first discovered the recipe here and thought it sounded absolutely amazing! I love different and unique dishes. I made this for my parents when they came over for dinner and it was a big hit! I love that its a little zesty but has sweetness to it as well. Hope you try it out, if you do let me know what you thought!

1/4 cup olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons sugar
2 whole lemons, one juiced and one sliced
2 whole oranges, one juiced and one sliced
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
10-12 pieces (about 4 1/2 lbs.) bone-in chicken parts (thighs and legs are best), pat dry
1 medium onion (any kind), thinly sliced
1 teaspoon dried thyme, or fresh chopped
1 tablespoon dried rosemary, or fresh chopped
Chopped fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, parsley), for garnish, optional
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, garlic, sugar, lemon juice, orange juice, Italian seasoning, paprika, onion powder, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper.
Place chicken in a rimmed 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Place parts skin side up and spread them out evenly in the pan. Pour olive oil mixture all over chicken, turning pieces to coat all sides. (If you marinated the chicken in this mixture, still add it all in). Arrange slices of lemon, orange and onion around and under the chicken. Sprinkle all over generously with thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper.
Bake uncovered for about 1 hour, or until chicken is cooked and juices run clear. Remove parts to a serving platter and garnish with additional chopped fresh herbs, if desired.
Just 30-40 minutes is all that's needed to bake this recipe with chicken breasts in place of chicken parts.
For best results, chicken can be marinated in a plastic container or bag for several hours or overnight in the olive oil mixture.
This is great served with a big salad, and/or lemon orzo/potatoes, or garlic bread!
You can also switch up the seasonings to a spicy mix and toss in lemons and limes instead of oranges. Swap cilantro for the rosemary and thyme. Serve it over rice, maybe? No need to be a recipe robot – get creative!


  1. this look super delicious! going to put this recipe on my must do list for sure :)

    XO Meghan

  2. looks so yummy.


  3. I usually make a big batch of chicken on sunday night to eat on salad etc throughout the week. This looks amazing!

  4. Those photos have me drooling...this recipe looks ahhhmazing!

    The Other Side of Gray

  5. Hi Kristin
    Thanks for stopping by our blog! This is my first time here and I really love what I am seeing and reading. Lovely photos, recipes and ideas. We are your newest followers! Look forward to reading more.
    Jen & Kelly

  6. This looks absolutely delicious!! Will be making this for sure..
    Thanks for commenting on my blog :)

    Sincerely Miss Ash

  7. Wow this looks AMAZING! I must try this soon... like maybe this weekend.


  8. We had this for dinner this evening. It was a winner all around! I am absolutely adding this to our standard favorites. Thanks, hon.


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