Honey Orange Roasted Chicken + Giveaway

Who doesn’t love a tender juicy chicken with crisp buttery skin?! I’ve nestled today’s Roasted Chicken Recipe in grilled spring vegetables and topped it with honey orange gravy. This chicken dinner is a great way to celebrate spring, and is simple enough to make any night this week.

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One of the very first things I learned to cook was a roasted chicken recipe. And of course being the over-achiever that I am, I immediately followed my mild success with a roasted turkey that I burnt to a crisp.

Such is life. It’s in failure that we learn.

For instance, I learned very quickly that when cooking a bird, stuffing flavor underneath the skin makes a huge difference in the final results… And so does setting the timer. *wink*

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There are few dinners as comforting as chicken and gravy.

My family is never short on excitement when they walk in the door and smell the aroma of roasted chicken wafting from the oven. And if there is to be gravy in the mix? Well then, I might as well pull out my tiara for the evening.

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This Honey Orange Roasted Chicken Recipe is one of my personal favorites.

I made a simple honey butter with orange zest and massaged it underneath the skin. That way, while the chicken is roasting in the oven the butter is crisping the skin from below and running down over the meat to saturate it with sweet zesty flavor!

The skin gets dark, even brittle in some places, locking in the juicy goodness.

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I roasted the chicken in my Swiss Diamond Saute Pan because it’s non-stick so I don’t have to worry about the chicken sticking to the sides of the pan. Plus, it can go from the oven to the stove top for quick gravy making.

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I also used a Swiss Diamond Double Burner Grill Pan to grill some fresh spring asparagus and green beans indoors! This pan is a great alternative to outdoor grilling, and much faster to preheat.

Grilled Spring Veggies

The combination of the succulent chicken and fresh green veggies, smothered in sweet buttery gravy with a hint of orange zest, tastes like a cherished childhood memory. I could eat this every week and never get tired of it.

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And the pans? Incredible!

I was recently introduced to Swiss Diamond Cookware and after trying it, I cannot believe I’ve been without good non-stick cookware this long.

I’d been searching for a safe and eco-friendly non-stick skillet and kept coming up short. I found that if the product was truly healthy, the non-stick surface was sort of a joke.

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Then I tried my first Swiss Diamond skillet…

Each piece is formed out of pressure cast aluminum and coated in a PFOA-free non-stick surface made with real diamond crystals. Not only are they non-stick, they are 100% recyclable, as if you would ever want to get rid of these babies.

The diamond coating is a rivit-free surface so bacteria and build-up simply cannot occur. The diamonds also make this cookware a marvelous heat conductor with real lasting-power. Swiss Diamond has won numerous awards for their cookware and is coined the “Rolls-Royce of Nonstick Fry Pans” by the Wall Street Journal.

Swiss Diamond Cookware

After testing several pieces I can tell you, they definitely stand up to their reputation. You can cook in Swiss Diamond pans without any sticking at all. You don’t even have to use oil or butter, unless you want it for flavor.

We’ve been cooking scrambled eggs in our Swiss Diamond skillet for weeks without a drop of fat, and there is still no sign of sticking!

 WIN an amazing 2 piece set of non-stick @Swiss Diamond cookware valued at $344! Link over for details! #giveaway #cookware #swissdiamond

I’m impressed. So impressed, in fact, that we’re hosting a Swiss Diamond Giveaway today!

One lucky reader will win the two pieces I used in this recipe: the 3.8 Qt Saute Pan and the Double Burner Grill Pan.

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Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Roasted Chicken Recipe

Roasted Chicken with honey butter and orange zest, served with Honey Orange Gravy and Grilled Spring Vegetables.


For the Roast Chicken Recipe:

  • 1 whole 7-8 lb. chicken
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 small orange (like a clementine)
  • Salt and pepper

For the Honey Orange Gravy:

  • Pan juices from chicken
  • 3 Tb. flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper

For the Grilled Spring Veggies:

  • 12 oz. thin french green beans (haricot vert), trimmed
  • 12 oz. thin baby asparagus, trimmed
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Remove the neck and gizzards from inside the chicken. Place the chicken in a 3.8 quart Swiss Diamond Saute Pan and pat the skin dry with paper towels. Slide a regular tablespoon, curved side down, underneath the skin of the chicken. Run the spoon along the breast to loosen the skin on both sides, and down over the drumsticks. Then mix the butter, honey, and the zest of one orange with 3/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper.  Mash in a small bowl until well combined. Use the spoon to deposit the butter mixture underneath the skin of the chicken. Place as much of the butter as possible over the breast meat and drumsticks. Then press the skin to smooth. Rub any remaining butter over the outside of the skin and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Slice the orange and place inside the chicken.
  2. Roast the chicken for 45 minutes to crisp up the skin, then lower the heat to 350 degree F. If the skin is brown, cover the chicken loosely with foil and continue roasting for another 75 - 90 minutes. (My chicken was exactly 8 pounds and it was finished in 2 hours total.) To test the chicken for doneness, stick a knife down between the drumstick and the breast. If the juices run out clear, the chicken is ready.
  3. Remove the chicken from the oven and carefully lift it out of the juices. Place it on a platter and cover with foil to keep it warm.
  4. While the chicken is roasting, place a 17X11 inch Swiss Diamond Double Burner Grill over two burners and turn them both on medium heat. Lay the asparagus and green beans on the grill pan and sear until the color has intensified and grill marks have formed. Flip once and salt and pepper. Cook the veggies until just cooked through, so they are bright green and firm. Approximately 6-10 minutes.
  5. Place the saute pan with the chicken juices over another burner. Heat the burner to medium heat and whisk in the flour. Add the chicken stock, then salt and pepper to taste. (You may need as much as 3/4 tsp. salt, depending on how salty the juices and stock are. Start with a little salt and add more.) Bring the gravy to a boil and whisk. Continue simmering and stirring until the gravy is thick enough to coat a spoon.
  6. To serve: Cut the chicken into pieces and distribute onto plates. Spoon the grilled veggies next to the chicken and drizzle honey orange gravy over both the chicken and veggies.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Swiss Diamond Cookware. All opinions are my own.

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296 Responses to “Honey Orange Roasted Chicken + Giveaway”

  1. #
    TaraO — March 29, 2014 @ 5:12 pm

    Pancakes, for sure.


  2. #
    Wendy — March 29, 2014 @ 5:38 pm

    My mouth waters as I read this recipe, It sounds delicious! The cookwear also sounds stupendous! My favorite food on such a pan would be STIR FRY a lot of vegetables with some mild sausages from Trader Joe’s. So healthy, delicious and satisfying. :)


  3. #
    stephanie Olmsted — March 29, 2014 @ 6:49 pm

    My favorite thing to cook in a non stivk surface is a frittat


  4. #
    Nicole — March 29, 2014 @ 7:13 pm

    This looks amazing!


  5. #
    LaRonda LaMothe — March 29, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

    I love cooking eggs and pancakes


  6. #
    Debbie — March 29, 2014 @ 7:40 pm

    I like to cook spaghetti sauce on a non-stick surface.


  7. #
    Gina H. — March 29, 2014 @ 8:33 pm

    I like to cook quesadilla’s in a non-stick pan!


  8. #
    Deana Thomas — March 29, 2014 @ 9:29 pm

    My favorite thing to make is peppers and eggs.


  9. #
    Melissa — March 29, 2014 @ 11:57 pm



  10. #
    Cheryl Moulthrop — March 30, 2014 @ 2:58 am

    The chicken recipe looks amazing. I would grill fresh veggies and lean meats on the grill.


  11. #
    Karen Sue — March 30, 2014 @ 7:28 am



  12. #
    Mike Wascher — March 30, 2014 @ 8:22 am

    I’ve always liked the combination of citrus & fowl.


  13. #
    Lily Sheng — March 30, 2014 @ 8:48 am

    I like to cook the Japanese pancake Okonomiyaki


  14. #
    Mary Ann — March 30, 2014 @ 8:52 am

    Steak and fresh vegetables.


  15. #
    Barbara Arnzen — March 30, 2014 @ 8:55 am

    Hash browns – yum


  16. #
    Kelly O — March 30, 2014 @ 9:10 am

    Pancakes are definitely a favorite to make.


  17. #
    Nancy N — March 30, 2014 @ 10:48 am

    I would grill fresh fish and spring vegetables! it sounds like excellent cookware.


  18. #
    Shelby — March 30, 2014 @ 12:07 pm

    crispy crispy hashbrowns :) And this chicken? Holy moly does that look Ah-mazing. My husband “doesn’t do” fruit w/meat, but I think I need to make this whole chicken anyway, just for me! lol. It looks so good, I wish it was in my oven right now!


  19. #
    Marty Musser — March 30, 2014 @ 1:17 pm

    If I won this, I would try grilling fish first. It’s so much more delicate than chicken and steak, that I’m sometimes too nervous to try it on our outdoor grill.


  20. #
    Dustin Hedges — March 30, 2014 @ 1:23 pm

    This looks wonderful. Will definitely be making this.


  21. #
    Cassandra Gerling — March 30, 2014 @ 2:45 pm

    OMG.. this looks AMAZING!!! Pinning for sure


  22. #
    Shawna — March 30, 2014 @ 6:27 pm

    Potatoes…all ways.


  23. #
    Amber — March 30, 2014 @ 6:55 pm

    Crepes! Definitely need a good non-stick pan for crepes!


  24. #
    Maribeth M — March 30, 2014 @ 7:01 pm

    I love to cook eggs on my nonstick pans. I’d love to try the grill pan!


  25. #
    tracey donohue — March 30, 2014 @ 7:05 pm

    GreaT LookingChicken!


  26. #
    Trina — March 30, 2014 @ 7:10 pm

    The recipe sounds amazing. And free cookware. What could be better!


  27. #
    JanetFCTC — March 30, 2014 @ 7:11 pm

    Roast chicken is our favorite go to meal here. So homey and comforting and when you do it on a non stick surface, you don’t lose all the skin underneath. Nothing worse than trying to wash a pan with baked on chicken on it.


  28. #
    Joy — March 30, 2014 @ 7:18 pm

    My husband and I have been searching for non stick
    pans that are safe and Eco-friendly, yet still get the job
    done! We love cooking healthy, tasty meals at home for
    our little family. These pans would be an awesome help
    to us and great addition to our kitchen. Fingers-crossed!!!!


  29. #
    CarolynH — March 30, 2014 @ 7:26 pm

    I like any breaded chicken dish, like chicken parm, cooked on a non-stick surface so I won’t lose the coating.


  30. #
    Momma — March 30, 2014 @ 7:26 pm

    Momma want….


  31. #
    Kristen — March 30, 2014 @ 7:28 pm

    Hash browns.


  32. #
    Sandi — March 30, 2014 @ 7:31 pm

    This chicken looks wonderful…I will have to try it…


  33. #
    NANASCARIAV — March 30, 2014 @ 7:37 pm

    Ohhhhhh I could use these pans. I really want them and I want them now. Roasted chicken — we have that at least once a week.


  34. #
    Mila — March 30, 2014 @ 9:50 pm

    I so need this…lest time I bought my self any cookware was in 2002….Please pick me


  35. #
    Anne — April 1, 2014 @ 8:06 am

    I can’t believe I won this giveaway. I am so excited to use my new pans. In fact, I think I’m going to break them in with this exact recipe. It looks so delicious!


  36. #
    Meredith — June 15, 2014 @ 7:37 am

    This recipe is amazing. I made this roasted chicken last weekend for a dinner party. Everyone had seconds and raved about. The gravy is out of this world. The chicken was so moist, that even it being reheated for leftovers stayed juicy. I even think this recipe is better than my “go to” roasted chicken recipe which was the infamous BC Engagement chicken


    • Sommer — June 15th, 2014 @ 9:00 pm

      Hi Meredith, So glad you liked it!


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