Christmas roast chicken – here the chicken is smothered with a mix of star anise, cloves, orange, cinnamon and butter, maple syrup and roasted in the oven to perfection!
Are you planning to make a roast chicken this Christmas? Well look no further! This christmas roast chicken is for you! It’s perfect if you’re making a dinner for a smaller gathering or even if you’re having a bigger dinner party, or maybe you simply want to eat something else other than turkey this christmas! Or to be honest you could put this mix on a turkey too!
This chicken is roasted with spices that are very christmassy, such as star anise, cloves and cinnamon. There is also bay leaf in the mixture, as I find that it goes so well with the other spices. To sweeten things up a little, orange zest & juice is added along with maple syrup!
The chef and I made this christmas roast chicken quite a few times last year and we had it for our Christmas Day dinner! We served this christmas roast chicken with few a sides such as these honey roasted parsnips and this kale pear pomegranate salad and all the other trimmings of course.
WATCH HOW TO MAKE CHRISTMAS ROAST CHICKEN
As mentioned, this is great if you’re making a christmas dinner for a smaller group! The recipe is for quite a small chicken, and if you’re using a larger chicken, just up the ingredients so it matches with the size of the chicken!
This Christmas Roast Chicken is seasoned with star anise, cloves, cinnamon, orange and maple syrup! Great to make if you're making a christmas meal for a smaller gathering!
- 1,1 kg / 2 lbs whole chicken
- 50 g butter, room temperature
- Zest from one orange
- Orange juice from 1/4 orange use the zested one
- Half an orange cut in two (use the zested one)
- 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp ground star anise
- 0.5 tsp bay leaf, finely chopped.
- 1 tsp salt
- Pinch of pepper
- 4 tsp maple syrup
Preheat the oven to 200°C fan / 220°C / 428°F
Mix the butter with the spices, salt, orange zest, orange juice and stir until combined.
Rub 2/3 of the butter mix (RESERVE 1/3 of the butter!) under the skin of the chicken and a little over the chicken and inside the chicken .
Place the chicken in a oven proof dish and place the 1-2 orange halves + 2 bay leafs in the chicken cavity.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
Whilst the chicken is in the oven, melt the rest of the butter in a saucepan and add the maple syrup. Set aside.
Remove the chicken from the oven and turn it down to 175°C
Brush the melted butter/maple syrup mixture over the chicken and place the chicken in the oven again and bake for an additional 40-50 minutes, or until the juices run clear. Baste the chicken a few times during cooking.
Once cooked, remove from the oven and cover with foil. Leave to rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.
- For an extra juicy chicken, turn it up side down whilst resting. This may flatten the curvature of the chicken but it will still look good!)
- If you want want a gravy you can scrape all the juices from the baking tray and all the juices coming from the bird whilst resting and pour it into a sauce pan. Dissolve a tbsp of cornflour into cold water. Bring the meat juices to a boil and stir the corn flour into the sauce a little at a time whilst stirring until you've reached desired consistency.
Originally posted December 2016. Recipe updated dec-2017 with new pictures, a few changes in the ingredient list and method + video
This Christmas Roast Chicken is
- Gluten free
- Excellent source of vitamin B3
- Good source of vitamin B6 and B12
- Good source of selenium and zinc