Citrus and Cranberry Chicken

Citrus and Cranberry Chicken

  • Preparation time

    2 hrs 15 mins
  • Cook time

    1 hr 10 mins
  • Serves 4

Looking for a great gluten free lunch that's as delicious as it is healthy? Help yourself to this tasty gluten free citrus and cranberry chicken recipe.

Ingredients

  • Chicken drumsticks - 1 1/2 kg
  • Cloves garlic, peeled - 6
  • Lemon (zest and juice) - 1
  • Orange (zest and juice) - 1
  • Liquid honey - 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp
  • Tuscan herbs - 1 tsp
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Dried cranberries - 1 cup
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp
  • Red onion, sliced - 1
  • Celery sticks, thinly sliced - 2
  • Bacon slices, chopped - 3
  • Fresh thyme, chopped - 1/4 cup
  • Fresh mint, chopped - 1/8 cup
  • fresh Italian parsley, chopped - 1/8 cup
  • Almonds, roughly chopped - 1/2 cup
  • Natural Greek yoghurt - 1 cup

Method

  1. Place the chicken into a large baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the garlic, orange zest, lemon zest, honey, herbs, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup cranberries. Pour over the chicken and leave to marinate for at least two hours.

  2. Preheat oven to 180°C.

  3. Cover chicken with tinfoil and bake for 20 minutes, then remove the foil for a further 50 minutes.

  4. While the chicken is cooking, combine the yoghurt, honey, orange juice and lemon juice and keep aside.

  5. Heat the butter in a frying pan. Add the onion, bacon and celery and cook for 5 minutes until softened. Add the fresh herbs and chopped nuts.

  6. When the chicken is cooked and the juices run clear, remove from the oven. Serve on a platter with the bacon mixture sprinkled on top and garnish with fresh herbs and the yoghurt dressing on the side.

Tip: Remove the chicken from the fridge for 20 minutes before placing into the oven, to ensure even cooking.