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Feb 232014

Citrus Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Pears

I love a good roasted chicken with stuffing and gravy. But when I noticed that I had a lot of extra pears, lemons and oranges the other day, I decided to shake things up a bit with a citrus roasted chicken. The result was beyond tasty! With caramelized sweet potatoes, pears and oranges. Our family now has a new found favorite roast chicken dinner.

I normally have leftovers from our roast chicken that I use later for soups and such, but not this time. The other thing I must mention is the smell….it just fills the house with the most amazing fragrance of the citrus caramelizing. Maybe that had something to do with the fact that there were no leftovers afterward.

citrus roasted chicken with sweet potatoes and pears

The best part of this recipe is that it’s really easy, though it looks very impressive, if your having guests over for dinner. To start just peel your sweet potatoes and slice your pear, orange and one lemon. Place in a medium bowl. Next mix your oil with your spices and pour over the potatoes. Mix well. Pour in the bottom of your roasting pan.

Now remove the giblets from the chicken, rinse and pat dry. Place on top of the vegetables folding the wings under the bird. Cut the other lemon in half and place inside the chicken with 4 cloves of garlic. I used the oil that was left in the bowl to put on the outside of the bird. To dress him up a bit, since he’s coming to dinner. Then just place your chicken in the oven and let it do the rest of the magical work.

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You can easily make this dish gluten free just by making sure the spices you add are free of gluten. I use “McCormick Organic Spices”. I find it’s always safer to call the spice companies and check. Some brands I thought for sure would be gluten free process their spices on the same equipment with wheat products.

I hope you enjoy this Citrus Roasted Chicken recipe as much as my family and I did. Please leave a comment and let us know how it turned out for you.

Much happiness & abundance,


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Citrus Roasted Chicken

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: serves 6


  • 1 4 to 5lb organic whole chicken
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 orange
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 large pear
  • 1 Tbls Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ground garlic
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Peel and slice sweet potatoes, pear, orange and one lemon. Place in a medium bowl.
  3. Mix oil with your spices in small bowl.
  4. Pour over the potatoes leaving a tiny bit of oil in bowl.
  5. Mix well
  6. Place potatoes in the bottom of 9x12 roasting pan.
  7. Set aside
  8. Remove giblets from chicken, rinse and pat dry.
  9. Place on top of potatoes folding wings under bird
  10. Cut other lemon in half and place both half's inside chicken
  11. Add 4 garlic cloves to chicken cavity with lemon
  12. Tie legs together.
  13. Use remaining oil mixture to rub on the outside of chicken skin
  14. Place on middle rack in oven and roast at 450 degrees for 1 hour 45 minutes or until done
  15. Remove from oven
  16. Let stand 15 minutes before slicing


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  3 Responses to “Citrus Roasted Chicken”

  1. You can cook for me anytime! Another delish recipe to add to my “to-do”

  2. Come on over to Colorado and will have dinner đŸ˜‰

  3. My family loves this recipe. I have made it several times since finding it.
    I use 2 pears – love how they melt down in the oven.

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