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Golden Roast Chicken with Orange Glaze

Back at home in Penang, red & gold decorations hang from the ceiling and plaster the walls, stacks of cookie containers balance precariously on the dining room table, and my mom hurriedly rolls pineapple tarts one by one before popping small batches into a toaster oven. 

I am in Minnesota this Chinese New Year – which begins this Saturday night – but no matter how cold it is or much snow blankets the ground here, I can still imagine and feel the excitement of the Spring Festival in Penang. 

And smell and taste it by cooking up dishes like this Golden Roast Chicken with Orange Glaze.

This Golden Roast Chicken with Orange Glaze is a simple main dish, with the use of three key spices in Chinese cooking – star anise, Vietnamese cinnamon and ginger – along with soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar and orange. 

Associated with happiness and prosperity, the bright color of orange also symbolizes 'gold', which makes the citrus fruit a popular ingredient in Chinese New Year dishes.

Typically, I would cook a whole chicken for Chinese New Year as it emphasizes the coming together of family during this annual celebration, but since my extended family is scattered across the world now – and since I had two packages of drumsticks in the freezer that Mark was hoping I would roast up – I decided on a slight change to tradition. 

Serve this Orange-Glazed Roast Chicken with fragrant rice, steamed bok choy or baby gailan drizzled with oyster sauce, and Chinese stir-fried broccoli & mushroom.

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Golden Roast Chicken with Orange Glaze
by Season with Spice 

10-12 chicken drumsticks (or one whole chicken) - washed and patted dry
Freshly ground black pepper
Orange slices for garnish

Marinade sauce: 
2-3 cloves garlic – minced
1-2 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
2 Season with Spice's star anise pods
3 Season with Spice's Vietnamese cinnamon sticks
1 cup orange juice
Zest of one medium size orange
3 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp dark soy sauce (optional)
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 tbsp brown sugar
4 green onion – coarsely chopped
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil

1. In a large saucepan, heat all marinade ingredients over medium-high fire until simmering. Turn heat down and continue simmering for 15-20 minutes, until it thickens to the consistency of a sauce. When done, stir in toasted sesame oil. Set aside to cool completely.
2. Place chicken drumsticks in a sealable plastic bag and pour in the cooled marinade. Coat the chicken well and place the sealed bag in the refrigerator for at least a couple of hours, or preferably overnight
3. Preheat oven to 425F.
4. Line baking pan with foil and place drumsticks evenly on top (keep some of the leftover marinade in the bag to use for basting). Season with freshly ground black pepper, and place in preheated oven.
5. Roast for 45-50 minutes, turning and basting 2-3 times with the leftover marinade (brush with honey during the last basting).


kankana said...

love this! sticky, sweet and spicy, absolutely delicious.

Wok with Ray said...

I love the perfectly charred skin and glazing of these drum sticks. You marinade has all of the flavorful ingredients that creates a wonderful aroma while in the oven. I know you're missing that very festive Chinese New Year. Well, Happy New Year to your and Mark! :)

Carolyn said...

This looks hands-down fantastic. I can't wait to make it.

mjskit @ mjskitchen.com said...

Happy New Year!!! I hope you are having a wonderful celebration weekend even thought it's MUCH colder than Penang. I didn't know the significance of the orange to the Chinese NY, but it makes sense. This chicken looks crispy and sweet - just like I like it. The ginger, anise and cinnamon make this recipe really, really special to me. Great recipe! Have a great week and stay warm up there!

justonecookbook said...

YUM! Ginger, orange, and drumettes (which I'm going to use)! Nice recipe! This year's CNY must be very different for you guys. Happy New Year to you and Mark! Hope you had a wonderful holiday... although it's more like just an ordinary day here.

Season with Spice said...

Thanks Ray!

Season with Spice said...

Hope you enjoy it, Carolyn.

Season with Spice said...

Gong Xi Gong Xi! That's how we say it in Chinese:) Thank you for the wishes, MJ. It still doesn't warm up enough over here, so we will have to keep eating until our bellies are warmed through!

Season with Spice said...

It does feel like just an ordinary day here...I have to call home everyday to listen in to the sound of firecrackers to put me in the festive mood.

GF DF Living said...

Yumm! These look so great. I love the idea of an orange glaze. I want to try these this weekend!

Season with Spice said...

Hope you get to try it out:)

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