Recipe: Roasted Chicken with Citrus, Dates & Olives

from Martha Stewart

Ingredients:

1 whole chicken (about 5 pounds), cut into 10 pieces Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 lemon, quartered 1 orange, quartered, plus 1/2 cup fresh juice (from 2 to 3 oranges) 1/4 cup dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc 12 large soft dates, such as medjool or khadrawi, halved and pitted 3 sprigs thyme 1 cup large green olives, such as Cerignola

Procedure:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large roasting pan, season chicken with salt and pepper; drizzle with oil. Squeeze lemon and orange over chicken, then add fruit to pan. Add wine, orange juice, half of dates, and thyme. Roast 25 minutes.

Remove pan from oven; rotate chicken pieces if browning unevenly. Add olives and remaining dates. Roast until a thermometer inserted in chicken breast (avoiding bone) registers 160 degrees, about 15 minutes more.

Transfer chicken and citrus to a platter.

Place roasting pan over high heat, mashing some of dates with the back of a wooden spoon, until sauce is reduced and thickened, about 3 minutes. Pour over chicken; serve.

Be sure to squeeze the juice of the roasted citrus over the final dish before serving for just the right balance of sweet and tart.