Lemonade Chicken with Fennel and Potatoes

  • Yield: 6 servings


1-- 4 1/2 pound fresh, whole chicken
2teaspoons sea salt, divided
2teaspoons black pepper, divided
2-- blood oranges, quartered, divided
1-- fresh lemon, quartered
2-- fennel bulbs, quartered
12-- new potatoes, washed
10sprigs fresh lemon thyme
1quart lemonade
1teaspoon all spice
2tablespoons brown sugar
1/2cup extra virgin olive oil
2tablespoons all purpose flour


Preheat Oven to 400 degrees. Rinse chicken under water. Pat dry with a paper towel.

Remove and discard giblets from chicken. Trim away and discard fat. Season whole chicken with sea salt and black pepper.

Place whole chicken onto a rack in a roasting pan breast side facing up. Cut to quarter the blood oranges and lemon. Place 4 quarters blood orange, and lemon quarters into the breast cavity of chicken.

Cut to quarter fennel bulbs. Line perimeter of whole chicken with fennel quarters, new potatoes, and the remaining 4 quarters blood orange quarters, and sprigs of lemon thyme.

In a blender add lemonade, all spice, brown sugar, extra virgin olive oil and blend on low speed until ingredients are mixed. Pour lemonade mixture over whole chicken.

Cover pan and bake chicken at 400 degrees for 60 minutes. Remove pan from oven and baste chicken. Cook uncovered for additional 8 minutes. Remove chicken from oven and baste twice again. Insert a meat thermometer into the thigh area; the internal temperature must reach 180 degrees for whole chicken, while juices run clear.

Transfer chicken on to a large serving platter. Surround chicken with roasted fennel, and new potatoes. Make gravy while chicken stands.

To make gravy pour 1 1/2 cups cooking liquid from pan into a small sauce pan over low medium heat next add 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour, stir until thicken. Transfer gravy into a small gravy dish. Makes six servings.

Tip to serving slice chicken starting from breast. Serve with a dollop of gravy and serving of fennel and potatoes. Makes six servings.