Spatchcocked Crispy Happy Chicken With Rich Orange Sauce

Recipe by Rita1652
READY IN: 1hr 15mins




  • Chicken:
  • Mix salt, pepper, garlic, chili powder, thyme, fennel and cumin.
  • Rub chicken under skin and all over the chicken with all of the spice mixture; cover and marinade in refrigerator for 4-24 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Heat heavy large cast iron pan over medium high heat, add oil, placing chicken skin side down immediately place a very heavy pan or foil covered bricks on chicken and cook (without moving the chicken) until the skin is a golden brown (check with a tongs) till very crisp about 15 minutes.
  • Orange Sauce:
  • Meanwhile melt butter in a medium hot pan; add and saute onions for 3 minutes add garlic, ginger, brown sugar, water, orange juice and zest, lemon juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce; bring to a boil simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Mix together cornstarch and 2 tablespoons cold water or Grand Mariner making a slurry; add the slurry to the sauce whisking all the time to keep the sauce smooth; reduce heat to medium low; and simmer, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the bricks and turn chicken skin side up and finish roasting for 20-25 minutes. Until a thermometer inserted in the thigh registers 160-165 degrees when juices run completely clear, and the skin should be a gorgeous golden-brown, and exceedingly crispy.
  • Remove chicken and let rest on a cutting board.
  • De fat the pan drippings.
  • Add the Orange Sauce to the pan juices. Strain the sauce.
  • Pour sauce into a gravy boat drizzle some on a platter and place the chicken on the sauce with crispy crust up.
  • Serving immediately with additional sauce and Longevity noodles or rice.