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Roasting or grilling whole chicken makes for one delicious meal with parts for everyone to enjoy!  There are so many ways to prepare and season this protein.  Keeping it simple for this recipe, I decided to do something non BBQ flavored and made a roasted citrus chicken dish.  And wow, it did not disappoint.  The tenderness and freshness of the meat from the citrus mixed in with the herby flavors on the skin make for a delicious bite every time.  

Step 1: It’s all about the citrus.

Roasted Citrus Chicken Ingredients

Start with slicing up the lemons, oranges and onion into quarters and round circles.  Slice the tip of the garlic head to open up and expose the cloves.  

Next, it’s time to season and stuff the chicken.  First, coat the entire chicken with olive oil that will work as a binder and season the outside of the chicken as well as the cavity with a garlic and herb seasoning. You can also use Dad’s Steak seasoning which has buttery notes, garlic and rosemary which are perfect for this dish. Next, stuff the chicken with some lemon and orange quarters.  This will tenderize the bird from the inside releasing the zesty notes into the meat. 

Place a wire rack in an aluminum pan or roasting dish.  Pour chicken broth in the base and place the seasoned and stuffed chicken onto the wire rack with the breasts facing up.  Fill the roasting pan with the remaining citrus and onion slices, add rosemary and sage and this bird is ready to fit the grill.

Dad’s Seasonings

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Step 2: How to grill the perfect roasted citrus chicken.

Stuffed citrus chicken

Preheat the grill to 350 degrees and set for indirect heat.  Place the entire roasting dish along with the stuffed chicken onto the grates. Total cook time will be around 1 hour or until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees.

Remove the roasted citrus chicken off the grill and let it rest for 10 minutes.  This process will bring the final internal temperature to 165 degrees.  It’s very important to rest any protein after a cook.  This process helps redistribute all those wonderful juices that will create a beautifully tender slice of meat.

The aroma of the roasted chicken, oranges, lemons, garlic and herb fill the room making everyone excited and ready to feast. Enjoy!

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Roasted Citrus Chicken

The tenderness and flavorfulness of the meat from the citrus and herby flavors make for a delicious roasted citrus chicken.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 People

Ingredients 

  • 1 Whole chicken
  • 3 tbsp Garlic and herb seasoning
  • 2 Oranges
  • 2 Lemons
  • 2 Garlic heads
  • 1 Large onion
  • 32 oz Chicken broth
  • 2 sprigs Rosemary
  • 1 branch Sage

Instructions 

  • Start with slicing up the lemons, oranges and onion into quarter and round circles.  Slice the tip of the garlic head to open up and expose the cloves.  
  • Coat the whole chicken wit olive oil that will work as a binder.  Generously season the outside as well as the cavity with a garlic and herb seasoning. Next, stuff the chicken with some fresh rosemary, sage leaves and lemon and orange quarters. 
  • Place a wire rack in an aluminum pan or roasting dish.  Pour chicken broth in the base and place the seasoned and stuffed chicken onto the wire rack with the breasts facing up.  Fill the roasting pan with the remaining citrus and onion slices, add rosemary and sage over the top.
  • Preheat the grill to 350 degrees and set for indirect heat.  Place the entire roasting dish along with the stuffed chicken onto the grates and grill for 1hour or until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Remove the roasted citrus chicken off the grill and let it rest for 10 minutes. 
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I make easy meals that anyone can replicate at home. I’m not a professionally trained chef, just your average guy that likes to fire up the grill. So follow along and see what’s cooking today!

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