The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Super-simple Orange Honey Roast Chicken

I am reluctant and a little embarrassed posting this recipe up because of its simplicity, containing no more than 4 ingredients (5, if you include the oil for oiling the baking pan). However, one of the most important things I've learnt since becoming a mother is not to shun a simple recipe, especially if it is a good one. And I'm sure there are many of you out there who would appreciate simple but delicious way of making food that keeps everyone happy. Most of the work in this recipe comes from juicing the orange and chopping the garlic, which really is no effort at all. The citrus acid is great for tenderising the chicken and orange flavour goes very nicely with poultry (the French knew that when they introduced the old classic Duck a l'Orange to the rest of the world). The honey adds a subtle sweetness that also helps caramelise the chicken to a beautiful golden brown during the roasting process. Add some roast vegetables to cook with the chicken, and you have an easy and healthy meal. Hubby and the toddler loves it whenever I cook this, which is great because it takes almost no effort at all!

Super-simple Orange Honey Roast Chicken


1kg chicken pieces (about 4 drumsticks and 4 thighs)

Finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons honey
Some oil for oiling the baking pan


1. Combine the marinade in a large unreactive container (I use a glass bowl). Place the chicken in the bowl and mix the marinade well with the chicken.

2. Cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour (overnight is best, but I usually manage with only a few hours because some days I plan what's for dinner after visiting the supermarket in the morning).

3. Preheat the oven to 200°C (fan-forced) / 220°C (conventional) .

4. Transfer the chicken pieces to a large, lightly oiled baking pan, and roast the chicken in the oven for about 45 minutes.

Voila, a yummy chicken dish for your enjoyment!