Roasted Chicken With Nutmeg and Orange

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 50m
Ready In

Recipe: #3199

November 28, 2011

"A nice flavorful change from the usual Sunday roast chicken. Makes a nice Fall dinner. Serve with roasted potatoes and steamed baby carrots.""

Original recipe yields 4-8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (72.2 g)
  • Calories 94.4
  • Total Fat - 8.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 2.7 mg
  • Sodium - 50.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 3.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.4 g
  • Sugars - 1.4 g
  • Protein - 1.8 g
  • Calcium - 53.4 mg
  • Iron - 0.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 14.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375º F.

Step 2

Remove excess fat from cavity of chicken.

Step 3

Combine orange zest, half of the nutmeg, butter, olive oil and half of the salt.

Step 4

Combine citrus juices and set aside.

Step 5

With fingers, gently loosen skin from breast and thigh/leg area. Put butter mixture under loosened skin, patting skin back into place to spread butter. Season with half of remaining nutmeg and salt.

Step 6

Place an oiled roasting rack in roasting pan. Place chicken (trussed if desired) breast side down. Roast 40 minutes. Carefully turn chicken breast side up and baste with cooking juices.

Step 7

Pour citrus juice over top of chicken and season with remaining salt and nutmeg, and pepper. Roast without basting another 40 minutes, or until internal temperature in leg/thigh area reaches 180ºF.

Step 8

Remove to cutting board and let rest 10 minutes before carving.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.

Tags : Dinner



I made it exactly as written except I forgot to take the excess fat out due to short attention span I think. The citrus juices gave the chicken a subtle flavoring which was perfect. The chicken was roasted perfectly and the white meat was very moist.. Thanks for posting! Made for Alphabet Soup tag.

review by:
(9 May 2012)


Made this chicken recipe in the rotisserie and it was perfect. The only thing I did defferent was add a bit of Lemon and Herb seasoning to the outside of the chicken before placing in the rotisserie oven. Made for the Recipebook tag Game.

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(28 Jan 2012)