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Roast Chicken With Cumin, Honey & Orange (Mark Bittman)

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“This recipe from Mark Bittman was recently printed in the New York Times as well as a few of his cookbooks. It is every bit as luscious as it sounds. "You need a certain boldness of spirit to roast a bird this way. After 20 minutes of cooking, you will be certain that the skin is going to burn in spots. But have faith. Rotate the chicken back to front in the oven and continue to baste. If it does begin to scorch, lower the heat a bit. I remove chicken from the oven when an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 155 degrees; any traces of pinkness disappear during the few minutes I let it sit before carving." You can also make this on the grill.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 12 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 3-pound whole chicken, giblets and excess fat removed (3-pound chicken)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Use a nonstick roasting pan, or line a roasting pan with a double layer of aluminum foil. Combine orange juice, honey, cumin, salt and pepper in bowl, and whisk until smooth. Place chicken in pan, and spoon all but 1/4 cup of liquid over all of it.
  2. Place chicken in oven, legs first, and roast for 10 minutes. Spoon accumulated juices back over chicken, reverse pan back to front, and return to oven. Repeat four times, basting every 10 minutes and switching pan position each time. If chicken browns too quickly, lower heat a bit. If juices dry up, use reserved liquid and 1 or 2 tablespoons of water or orange juice.
  3. After 50 minutes of roasting, insert an instant-read thermometer into a thigh; when it reads 155 to 165 degrees, remove chicken from oven, and baste one final time. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.

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