The January issue of Martha Stewart Living has an amazing article on roast chicken. Since roast chicken is one of the most comforting meals, I've been experimenting with the enticing recipes. There's five fabulous variations, but my favorite is the one seen here for garlic-butter rubbed chicken with roasted oranges and red onions.
The technique and ingredients are simple, but the resulting chicken is juicy, succulent, and intensely delicious. Now is the perfect time to make this chicken because oranges are in season, and they're the major flavoring agent. The zest seeps into the chicken and permeates it with orange essence. I served it with white beans, but it would pair nicely with potatoes or rice. Get the recipe, after the break.
1 garlic clove, minced Serves 4-6.
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 navel oranges (preferably organic), 1 zested, both cut into 2-inch wedges
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme, plus a few sprigs
1 whole chicken (4 to 4 1/2 pounds)
2 red onions, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch wedges
1 garlic clove, minced