Crisp, tangy, and succulent citrus rosemary chicken, seasoned Mediterranean-style with garlic, rosemary, and oregano, and covered in a bold wine and orange marinade.
This simple twist on roast chicken makes a dish that is at once crisp and succulent, with the perfect balance of savory, tangy, and warm flavors! Delicious and impressive with little work involved.
Word to the wise, allow the chicken a little bit of time in the citrus marinade—one to two hours in the fridge, if you can. But if you don’t have the time, even 30 minutes is great.
Pair it with Erath 2019 Oregon Pinot Noir!
As wine pairings go, many people choose white wine to serve next to chicken dinners. But roast chicken is one of those rustic meals that pairs incredibly well with certain red wines. Which should you choose to serve with this recipe?
To me, a glass of Erath 2019 Oregon Pinot Noir is the perfect pairing to this comforting rosemary roast chicken with citrus.
If you're not familiar, Oregon Pinot Noir is truly unique. The nature of the climate and soils translates into Pinot noirs that display flavors and aromas reminiscent of pure fresh red fruits like pomegranate, strawberry, and pie cherry. The purity and freshness of Oregon Pinot Noir sets it apart.
The beautiful red fruit notes in this Erath Oregon Pinot compliment the rosemary and citrus flavors in the chicken without overwhelming the palate. And the smooth, lengthy finish is just perfection! Pinot as should be!
To elevate the flavor even more, I also used a little bit of the wine in the chicken marinade.
The citrus marinade
The marinade is what makes all the difference in this simple rosemary and citrus chicken recipe. It works to tenderize the chicken and infuse it with flavor.
The citrus marinade in this recipe is made of a combination of wine, orange juice, lime juice, olive oil, tomato paste for color and umami, and fresh garlic, onions, rosemary, and other Mediterranean spices.
The key to great flavor here is to allow the chicken a good 1 to 2 hours in the marinade (refrigerated), and make sure to lift up the chicken skin to spoon some of the garlicy, citrus marinade underneath. If you only have a few minutes, leave the chicken to marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes or so.
How to make roasted rosemary chicken (a few tips)
I used a whole chicken split in half for this recipe, but you can also use chicken breast or thighs, and you may have to adjust the cooking time accordingly. Here’s a quick idea of how this recipe goes with some important tips (scroll down for print-friendly recipe):
- Make the citrus marinade. In a large bowl, combine the wine, orange juice and zest, lime juice, olive oil, tomato paste, spices, garlic, and onions. Whisk well.
- Use split chicken or chicken pieces of similar size for even cooking. If using whole chicken, split in half discarding the backbone. This will allow the chicken to lay flat in the pan for even cooking.
- Marinate the chicken anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours for best flavor! Add the chicken to the marinade and toss to coat, making sure to spoon some of the marinade underneath the skin. Cover and refrigerate if marinating for longer than 30 minutes)
- Roast in a high-heated oven.Transfer the chicken and the marinade to a braising pan or baking dish. Roast on the middle rack of the oven at 425 degrees F for about 45 minutes (rotate the pan 180 degrees after 30 minutes).
- Brush with honey and broil for amazing color and crispy skin! After the chicken has roasted for 45 minutes or until fully cooked through, carefully chicken from the oven. Combine 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and use a brush to coat the chicken with this delicious honey mixture. Return the chicken to the oven, this time, under the broiler, for 3 to 4 minutes (watch carefully to make sure the skin does not burn).
- Rest before serving. Once you take the roast chicken out of the oven, allow it to rest at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
What to serve with roast chicken with rosemary and citrus with
Serve this citrusy roast chicken with a bottle of Erath 2019 Oregon Pinot Noir and any number of sides. You can stay with the citrus theme and serve this chicken with a light Fennel Orange Salad and a side of couscous. Or try sides like fried brussels sprouts, roasted butternut squash, or sweet potatoes.
Other roast chicken recipes to try
- Baked Cranberry Chicken with Rosemary
- Roast Spatchcock Chicken
- Juiciest Baked Chicken Thighs
- Sheet Pan Rosemary Chicken & Vegetables
- Garlic Dijon Chicken
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Citrus Rosemary Chicken Recipe
- 1 whole chicken (about 3 ½ pounds), split in half through the backbone
- Kosher salt
- 1 cup Erath Pinot Noir
- 1 orange zested and juiced plus 1 sliced orange
- 1 lime juiced, plus 1 sliced lime
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
- 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
- 7 to 8 garlic cloves minced
- 1 yellow onion halved and sliced
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Season the chicken with kosher salt on all sides, making sure to season underneath the skin as well. (You can do this one night ahead of time and keep the chicken in the fridge to air-chill uncovered).
- Prepare the citrus marinade. In a large bowl, add the wine, orange juice and zest, lime juice, 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, tomato paste, spices, and a good dash of kosher salt. Add the garlic and onion. Whisk to combine.
- Add the chicken and toss to coat, making sure to lift the skin up and spoon some of the marinade underneath (this will give you more flavor). Set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes. Alternatively, cover and refrigerate for an hour or two (for best results, take it out of the fridge and leave the chicken at room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes before cooking)
- Preheat the oven to 425 F and adjust a rack in the middle.
- Transfer the chicken and the marinade to a braising pan. Roast for 30 minutes, then carefully turn the pan 180 degrees and roast for another 15 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked and tender (juices should run clear).
- In a small bowl, mix together the honey with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Carefully remove the chicken from the oven and brush the top with the honey and olive oil mixture.
- Switch the oven to the broil function. Return the chicken back to the oven about 6 inches away from the broiler and cook briefly for 3 to 4 minutes, watching for the skin to turn a nice golden brown.
- Remove from the heat and finish with lime juice. Add slices of fresh orange and wedges of lime.