Recipe

Sassy Citrus and Sage Chicken

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2 oranges
2 Tbs chopped shallots
2 Tbs unsalted butter
2 Tbs olive oil, divided
1 Tbs chopped fresh rosemary, divided
1 Tbs chopped fresh sage, divided
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
1 whole roaster chicken (about 6 lbs)
1 sprig each fresh rosemary and fresh sage

1. Heat oven to 350˚F. Zest and juice oranges; reserve rinds. In small saucepan over medium heat, cook shallots in butter and 1 Tbs olive oil 2 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1/2 cup orange juice, 2 tsp chopped rosemary, 2 tsp chopped sage, garlic and wine. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; let simmer 5 minutes, or until reduced by half, stirring occasionally. Set aside.

2. In bowl, combine 1 Tbs orange zest and remaining olive oil, chopped rosemary and chopped sage. Season surface of chicken and inside cavity with salt and ground black pepper, if desired. Spread orange zest mixture over chicken. Place rosemary sprig, sage sprig, and reserved orange rinds inside chicken cavity; tie legs. Place chicken in roasting pan. Cover loosely with foil. Roast 1 hour. Remove foil. Roast 30 minutes more, or until thermometer inserted in thigh reads 175˚F, basting occasionally with 1/2 wine mixture. Transfer chicken to serving platter. Let sit five minutes before slicing.

3. Pour pan drippings into liquid measure; skim off and discard fat. Return drippings to roasting pan. Place roasting pan over medium heat on 2 burners. Add remaining wine mixture, stirring to scrape up brown bits. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes more, or until slightly thickened. Season with salt and ground black pepper, if desired. Serve sauce with chicken.

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