Roast Chicken with Orange-Spice Rub

Roast Chicken with Orange-Spice Rub

I think I mentioned I got 3 whole organic chickens at Wholefoods a few weeks ago and I took one out of the freezer because we were getting ready for yet another snow storm filled weekend. We’ve had close to 100” on snow this year and we were all praying for a winter like last year. Well those of us who don’t ski that is. This recipe was adapted from Diabetes and Heart Healthy Cookbook published by American Heart Association. I adapted it for chicken they did a 5 lbs. turkey breast. The smell of this spice rubbed chicken, was driving us crazy while it cooked. Yes it was one of Lyn free meals this week.

 

Ingredients:

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 whole roster chicken
  • 1- 2 teaspoons of soften unsalted butter.
  • 1 small navel orange cut in quarter

 

How:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Spray a roasting pan and baking rack with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

In a small bowl, stir together the spices.

Rub small amount of rub inside the cavity of chicken.

Stuff orange in cavity, you can add some onion if you want.

Using your back end of regular knife, place under breast skin and loosen the skin from the breast

Rub the butter under skin on as much of the breast as you can

Rub spice mixture evenly under and over the skin.

Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (this step could be skipped and it can go straight to oven)

Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Bring to room temperature

Place the chicken on the rack in the roasting pan, and insert a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh making sure it doesn’t touch the bone.

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Roast, uncovered, for meat thermometer 170 degrees (if skin becomes to brown you can loosely tent with tin foil.

Let the chicken stand for 15 minutes.

Serve

Carve the chicken and enjoy.

Snowy Day Roasted Organic Chicken

Snowy Day Roasted Organic Chicken

We all sighed with relief when the ground hog did not see his shadow and it was declared an early spring it would be! He just neglected to tell us that it would be a stormy snowy wait starting with a 28” blizzard. Then at the beginning of last week it was another 10-14” by midweek 6-8” by the end of the week we were in the 4-6” and by the time Lyn and I pulled into the garage on Sunday afternoon they were saying not even an inch. You just have to laugh. We actually ended up with about 2” after it was all said and done and it did snow pretty much half of Saturday and all day and night Sunday just did not amount to much. Wait more snow on this Wednesday.

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I love the snow fall that has huge flakes drifting slowly to the ground it can be memorizing if not hypnotic as you stare out into the bliss lost in memories of running around catching flakes with your tongue as a child. So what does one do on a snowy Sunday afternoon I decided roasting one of the organic Chickens I got from Whole Foods on sale last week, it was one of those lunch time shopping expeditions were you are armed with a list and you race around beating the clock, my list chickens, strawberries and lunch.  Returning to work Nicole directed, very nicely, the placing of all our bags in the lunch room frig. I got the fun job of throwing out someone’s long deserted and now disgusting lunch from who knows when. I am sure you all have an office frig that collects things. Anyway I babble….

Ingredients

  • 1 whole organic chicken
  • 1 lemon – sliced in ¼” slices
  • ½ orange – sliced in ¼” slices
  • 2 cloves garlic – slightly smashed or not
  • Salt and pepper
  • A couple of table spoons of room temp butter
  • CoffeeSpiceRubCoffee spice rub
  • A few carrots sliced in 2” pieces
  • One or two sweet onions quartered

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How:

Rinse and dry the chicken

Salt and pepper the cavity

Stuff the lemon, orange and garlic cloves inside

Truss the chicken

Rub and place butter over the top of the dry chicken

Sprinkle with Coffee spice rub

Place in a roasting pan on rack

Drizzle some Olive Oil on the carrots and onion and distribute around the edge of pan

450 degree oven cook for 40-60 minutes until thickest part of thigh is around 165 degree.

Basting optional, I did at halfway point since the pan I used was to long.
Depending on the depth of the oven if you can have legs facing the back if not rotate pan ½ through.
If you feel the skin is getting to dark then tent with aluminum foil.

You can make pan gravy if you want deglazing with some white wine, I opted out since I was making some Russet oven bake fries.

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How to truss a chicken

truss a chicken

There are hundreds of ways and every one is correct I just use this methods cause I find it easy.

Start at the back of the chicken, tuck the wings under and tuck the neck cavity flap under. Taking some twine run it across the neck cavity along the groove where the thigh and body meet bringing it under the end of the drum stick crossing left to right bringing it to the top pulling the legs together and tying a knot. The uniform shape insures more even cooking.

Coffee and Spice Rubbed Boneless Chicken Breast with BBQ Raspberry Sauce.

Coffee and Spice Rubbed Boneless Chicken Breast with BBQ Raspberry Sauce.

We bought this Coffee and Spice rub at Williams and Sonoma outlet store and tried it on Steak and fish but it just couldn’t find the right fit. For some reason the combination of this with chicken did not appeal to me so I never went there, but my wife did the other night and we both enjoyed it very much. So yesterday after returning home from Wholefoods with some air chilled chicken breasts I grab one and rubbed it with the Coffee rub, wrapped it and left in frig overnight.   I decided that I would use some of the Raspberry BBQ sauce as a last minute glaze and the combo was very good. Juicy, Tender, Melt in our mouth. This got the two heads bobbing approval from Lyn and I.

Ingredients

  • 1 boneless Chicken breast
  • Coffee and spice rub
  • Raspberry BBQ sauce (I had left over from the Rib Eye steak in the frig)

How

Liberally rub the chicken breast with the coffee rub, wrap and refrigerate. I refrigerated overnight but I think at least 3 hours would work.

Preheat and prepare the grill, I like to rub some olive oil on the grates to help with sticking

Place chicken breast on grill and grill for 4-5 minutes flip and repeat.

Brush on raspberry sauce and grill sauce side down for 1 to 1.5 minutes

Brush on remaining sauce and flip cook about 1 minute.

Note: each grill is different so you will have to determine the length for doneness.

Remove from grill and left sit loosely covered with tin foil for 8 minutes.

Slice and serve.