Ginger Beer + Citrus Chicken


By Dane Feldman

Photo by Dane Feldman.

Food, as you have likely already come to realize, is largely focused on the seasons. As seasons change, the local produce offered changes, which means our recipes have to adapt. As summer dwindles and fall begins, some of my favorite comfort foods start to become relevant again.

Among my favorites is roasted chicken, but this recipe is a bit different than ones I have done in the past. The fresh orange juice and the ginger beer give the chicken a subtle taste of fall, but for fear of completely abandoning summer flavors so early in the season I’ve also included lemon juice and white wine.

What you’ll need:
1 chicken, butterflied
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1/2 orange
1/2 lemon, sliced
1/2 orange, sliced
1/4 cup ginger beer
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 tsp garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp olive oil

Preheat oven to 450.

Combine the lemon juice, orange juice, ginger beer, seasoning, and olive oil in a mixing glass. Stir well.

Lay the chicken skin-side down in a large roasting pan. Pour over the marinade and turn the chicken over to coat. Rest the citrus slices on the chicken in the pan.

Roast the chicken for about 45 minutes to an hour. Remove the chicken after 25 minutes and if all of the liquid is absorbed, add the water and the wine. Return the chicken to the oven and roast until it is cooked all the way through.