fresh orange juice
orange, zest of, cut into strips
minced fresh ginger
fresh ground black pepper
1 (3 1/2-4 1/2 lb)
broiler-fryer chickens, cleaned and patted dry
1 1/2 cups
- In a small bowl, combine the marinade ingredients; stir to blend.
- Taste and adjust seasonings.
- Put the chicken in a big bowl; starting around the main body cavity, carefully slip your hand under the skin, making sure not to break it ( you may need to use gloves if you have long fingernails).
- Pat the marinade under the skin, than all over the bird on top of the skin.
- Cover the chicken and refrigerate for at least a few minutes or up to 8 hours (you can also do this in a zip-lock plastic bag).
- Preheat the oven to 425°; place the orange slices in the cavity of the chicken.
- Put the chicken, breast-side up, in a roasting pan on a rack or on a vertical roaster.
- Add the water to the pan.
- Roast the chicken for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the juices run clear when a thigh is pierced with a knife (halfway through cooking, add a little more water if needed to keep the juices from burning).
- Let the chicken rest 10 minutes before carving.
- Carve the chicken and arrange on a serving platter.
- Place the orange slices in the pan with the juices and cook over med-high heat until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes; pour the juice over the chicken and serve immediately.