Monday, February 23, 2009

Lemon Roasted Chicken

Lemon Roasted Chicken with a Smokey Orange Sauce and lightly sauteed Asparagus

This 5lb bird was stuffed with fresh lemon, thyme and garlic before being pan seared in peanut oil and Roasted in the oven at 350 degrees for about 1hr 45m. The final 20 minutes I added a 1/2 stick of butter to the natural juices and basted the bird to crisp up the skin.

The Smokey Orange Sauce was started by making about 1 1/2 cups of stock from the giblets. I then sauteed fresh garlic and 1 small onion in 4 tbsp of butter until lightly golden brown. I then stirred in about 2-3 tbsp of flour and let it cook for about 2 minutes. Then I added the stock I made along with 1 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup red wine, 4-5 tbsp orange marmalade, 1/2 tsp liquid smoke and salt and pepper. I cooked this down for about 45 minutes to let it thicken, strained and served. Simple and delicious!

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