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Sweet and Tart Roast Chicken with Horseradish

Sweet and Tart Roast Chicken with HorseradishA festive, lemon-scented roast chicken served with a delicious sauce made with the pan drippings, chicken broth, lemon zest, cranberries, kumquats, horseradish and maple syrup.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (3 1/2 to 4-pound) whole chicken
3/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 lemon, zest grated and reserved
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/2 cup kumquats, halved, or chopped tangerine
1 tablespoon horseradish
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons butter

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).
  2. Place chicken in roasting pan; tuck wings underneath. Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. Cut lemon in half, squeeze juice over chicken and place lemon halves into cavity of chicken.
  3. Place chicken in oven and roast 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F (175°C); roast an additional 50 minutes or until meat thermometer registers 180°F (approximately 80°C) when inserted into thickest part of thigh.
  4. Remove chicken from pan, cover with foil and set aside.
  5. Pour off excess fat from pan drippings. Place roasting pan on stove over medium heat; stir in chicken broth, reserved lemon zest, cranberries, kumquats, horseradish and maple syrup. Bring to a simmer; cook until cranberries pop, stirring often. Reduce heat to low.
  6. Slice chicken and arrange on serving platter. Stir butter into sauce; pour into a bowl and serve with chicken.

Makes 4 servings.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of the National Chicken Council. Used with permission.