Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins
I found this recipe and thought it perfect for Rosh Hashana, but it's also great for Thanksgiving, or anytime you want some sweet chicken.
- 1 orange
- 4 lbs roasting chickens
- salt and pepper
- 1 lb sweet potato
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Wash the orange well with soap and rinse.
- Grate thhe rind from orange (don't include the bitter white part).
- Rinse the chicken and pat it dry.
- Sprinkle it with salt, pepper and half of the grated orange rind.
- Place the chicken breast side up on a rack in a large roasting pan.
- Roast for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, pare& cut the sweet potatoes into one inch slices, then toss with the olive oil.
- Place in single layer in the bottom of the roasting pan, arranging the slices around the chicken.
- Continue roasting for another 1 hour and 45 minutes, turning the potatoes occasionally and basting the chicken and potatoes frequently, until the chicken juices run clear when the thickest part of the thigh is pierced with fork and the leg moves freely.
- During the last 1/2 hour of roasting, combine the chicken broth, cranberry sauce and vinegar in a small saucepan.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat and let it boil for 20 minutes or until the sauce is reduced to 1 1/2 cups.
- Peel the white pith from orange, remove the seeds and chop up the flesh.
- Stir the remaining rind and chopped orange into the saucepan and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
- Let the chicken rest for 20 minutes before carving it.
- Cut the chicken in half lengthwise down the middle.
- Spoon the cranberry sauce mixture over chicken and serve with the sweet potatoes.
I didn't have whole chickens on hand. I used boneless skinless breasts cut up into bite size. Beyond roasting it according to that change, I followed the recipe and we loved it. The combination of the orange and cranberry flavors is classically delicious. I did cut my sweet potatoes too small I think because a lot of them got mushy and lost their form. That one is on me, nothing to do with your recipe. Even my young children liked this one so I will be making it again. Thanks.
I'm not the biggest fan of whole chickens in a recipe, but decided to make this one as indicated, & I was really happy with the results, especially with the combination of sweet potatoes! i used yams, or whatever you want to call them [the darker skinned thingies, but what the heck], & the taste was great! Thanks much for posting this recipe for all to use!