This roasted chicken is stuffed with lemons and oranges, rubbed with rosemary butter, and baked atop carrots and potatoes to make a complete meal the whole family will love.
I don't know that love of food is necessarily a Southern thing, but it's certainly a thing in this Southern family! Not only do we love to cook and eat together, but we even love to talk about food!
Our group texts are about what we're cooking and eating that night, our Christmas gifts are food-related, we go to food festivals and cooking classes together... To say we're a family of foodies would be an immense understatement.
This roasted chicken recipe came to us from my oldest brother Will via text message one night after he made it for his family... You want to talk about some foodies, his kids are 7 and 9 and not only do they love to cook and eat, but they have sophisticated, grown-up palettes and a meal like this is right up their alley.
In Will's text to us, he tell us that he made a "paste" out of butter, lemon and orange zest, garlic, thyme, and rosemary. As delicious as the thyme sounds we didn't have any on hand, so we left it out of this recipe.
You take the paste, rub it up under the skin and all over the outside of the chicken. Then, season with salt and pepper and stuff the chicken with half the oranges and lemons.
If you cooked the roots and the chicken the same amount of time the carrots and potatoes will get all mushy, so cook the chicken for about 45 minutes on its own first, being sure to use a rack to keep it up off the bottom of the pan.
Later you can add the potatoes and carrots to the bottom of the pan to replace the rack and top them with the remaining lemons and oranges, rosemary, and olive oil. Put the chicken back on top and return it to the oven until the chicken is done and the roots are tender.
Hey! If you're reading this then you love citrus flavors. You should check out our Orange Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Orange Frosting. They are the best!
We can't thank Will enough for sharing this one... it's unique, delicious, and beautiful enough to serve to company during the holidays. Don't forget to comment below and tell us what you think!
Citrus Rosemary Roasted Chicken
- 1 Roaster chicken 5-6 lbs
- 2-3 lbs fingerling potatoes
- 5-6 carrots peeled
- 3-4 lemons zested (1) and thinly sliced
- 2-3 oranges zested (1) and thinly sliced
- 3 sprigs rosemary
- Preheat oven to 350
- Combine ingredients for herbed butter. Rub half mixture under skin on chicken and the rest on the outside of the chicken. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Stuff chicken with half the lemon and orange slices (don't forget to remove the unmentionables first!)
- Place chicken on a rack inside a roasting pan. Cover wing tips with tinfoil, tie legs together, and bake for 45 minutes.
- Remove chicken from oven and rack from pan. Line bottom of pan with potatoes and carrots. Top with remaining citrus slices and rosemary sprigs and drizzle with olive oil.
- Place chicken directly on top of potatoes, carrots, and citrus. Return to oven 45 minutes-1 hour (or until chicken is done and vegetables are tender).
- Serve with pan juices spooned over chicken and veggies.