Classic roasted chicken gets a delicious makeover with oranges and fennel

Sep 14, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. ET
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If bold, sweet and citrusy flavor is what you want, then this roasted chicken recipe will definitely impress you.

Chicken is probably the most cooked meat, especially for families with kids. It's easy to cook, and it can go with so many other ingredients. We all know we can roast our chickens with potatoes, but sometimes it is good to get out of that comfort zone and experiment with diverse flavors.


Citrus and chicken make a very good combination, and one that you can expect to taste in my kitchen. This time, I also added a bit of sweetness from a vegetable we often overlook: fennel. Fennel is an incredible bulb that is great to eat raw, baked or sautéed. When cooked, it slowly releases its natural sweet juice (and I am telling you, it's delicious).

Imagine the incredible flavors that come together in this dish. Oranges, fennel, olives and a simple addition of oregano give this classic roast chicken a huge boost.


Roasted whole chicken with oranges, fennel and olives recipe

When cooked fennel releases its natural sweet juice and is mixed with the oranges and olives, you will be in for a delicious surprise with this roasted whole chicken.

Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 1 hour | Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 oranges, peeled and sliced
  • 2 fennel bulbs, sliced into strips
  • 1/3 cup olives
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Rub the chicken with the oregano, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and the pepper, then place it on a baking dish.
  3. Add the oranges, fennel and olives. Drizzle with the olive oil, then sprinkle with the remaining salt.
  4. Roast the chicken for 1 hour or until it becomes golden brown.

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