Roasted Chicken with Orzo

Total Time:
5 hr 50 min
4 hr 20 min
1 hr 30 min

6 to 8 servings

  • For the marinade:
  • 3 cups white wine
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced (Vidalia, Maui)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 2 (3 to 4 pound) whole chickens
  • For the rub:
  • 12 to 16 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh pepper
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • For the sauce:
  • 2 shallots minced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or currant jelly
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 cups red wine, reduced by 1/2
  • 2 cups chicken broth (unsalted) or
  • fresh chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • Mix all marinade ingredients together in large vessel or bowl. Add chickens and cover. Put in refrigerator overnight or for at least 4 hours.

  • Pre-heat oven at 400 degrees F.

  • In a bowl, mix rub ingredients together. Remove chickens from marinade and cover with rub. Place in roasting pan and cook for 1 1/2 hours in oven, or until done. Remove from heat when done and let rest 15 minutes before cutting.

  • In a large saute pan, add oil and shallots. Saute until soft. Add syrup and dried cranberries. Stir for a few minutes. Add wine, and reduce by half. Add broth to pan and add salt and pepper, to taste. Strain through a fine strainer. Return strained liquid to pan and add fresh cranberries. Cook until they start to pop. Turn off heat. If a thicker sauce is preferred, add 1 tablespoon arrowroot to 1 tablespoon water, stir, and then add to sauce. Bring to a boil and,serve over chicken.

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