A Fresh Twist on ‘Chicken for Dinner’

I love this recipe.

I’ve made it several times and it’s always delicious. Plus it’s easy to throw together, uses only one pan and makes you look like a gourmet.

All the credit goes to Rachael Ray. Here is the link on her site. Love. that. girl.

Italian Roast Chicken with Orange and Oregano

  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts or thighs, your choice of cuts
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil for liberal drizzling
  • 4 navel or blood oranges, 2 cut into wedges, 2 juiced
  • 3 medium red onions, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 3-4 stems fresh oregano leaves (a couple of tablespoons), finely chopped (you can substitute dried oregano, but it’s better with fresh)
  • 1 C dry white wine or chicken stock
  • 1/4 C honey

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

In a roasting pan or large casserole dish, toss two wedge-cut oranges with the red onions, bay leaves and enough olive oil to thinly coat the oranges, bay leaves and onions. Season with salt and pepper and scoot the oranges and onions off to the sides of the pan.

Arrange the chicken in the pan and rub with olive oil to coat the skin. Season the chicken with black pepper and the red pepper flakes, then scatter the oregano over the chicken, onions and oranges. Add the wine or stock to the pan, along with the juice of the remaining two oranges. Drizzle honey around the pan and place in the oven. Roast for 45 minutes, or until the juices run clear.

Serve the chicken with the oranges and onions, with the pan juices spooned over the top. This is great paired with roasted green beans or a green salad and french bread.

As Rachael would say, “Yum-o”!

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Published in: on February 4, 2011 at 7:43 am  Comments (2)  
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  1. It’s Dana again!!! I also tried this recipe tonight (although I cut it in half for us) and it is YUMMY! I couldn’t stop saying how good it smelled, looked and tasted. If a dish passes all three of those tests…it is a winner in my book. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Hugs!

    • Hi Dana! I’m so glad it worked out for you. I too think it meets all three criteria. Gotta love that Rachael Ray!


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