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December 12, 2023

Roast Lingonberry Chicken with Orange Herb Butter and Crispy Potatoes

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Roast Chicken with a Lingonberry Glaze and Crispy Potatoes
Roast Chicken with a Lingonberry Glaze and Crispy Potatoes

Winter feasting is upon us, and meals that are hearty and comforting, while highlighting the flavors of the season, are bringing much joy. This holiday-inspired roast lingonberry chicken, smothered with orange herb butter, has a Nordic twist with a sweet and tangy lingonberry glaze. It’s one of our weekend favorites; a meal we can enjoy after a full day out in the snow. It sits above a bed of crispy potatoes, which are infused with the all the flavors from having been baked together with the chicken.

The orange herb butter slathered on the outside and underside of the skin not only adds a welcome brightness, but ensures the chicken will be succulent and juicy. The lingonberries invite a balance of tartness and sweetness, complimenting the orange notes and chicken. The not-so-understated sidekick are the crispy garlic potatoes, which are perfectly seasoned and full of texture.

For a flavorful, feel-good meal this holiday season (or any season, for that matter), this roast lingonberry chicken is sure to hit the spot. Serve with your favorite vegetable sides and enjoy the feast.

Roast Chicken with a Lingonberry Glaze and Crispy Potatoes
Roast Chicken with a Lingonberry Glaze and Crispy Potatoes
Roast Chicken with a Lingonberry Glaze and Crispy Potatoes
Roast Chicken with a Lingonberry Glaze and Crispy Potatoes

Roast Lingonberry Chicken with Orange Herb Butter & Crispy Potatoes

Serves 4

  • 2 ½ pounds (about 1.1 kg) whole chicken
  • ¼ cup (56 g) butter, softened at room temperature
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2.2 pounds (1 kg) starchy potatoes, sliced thinly
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons oil

For the lingonberry glaze:

  • 1 cup (100 g) frozen lingonberries or chopped cranberries
  • ½ cup (80 g) brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 220 C.

Using paper towels, pat the whole chicken dry. Generously salt the inside cavity of the chicken then place it upright in a large roasting pan.

In a small bowl, combine the softened butter, orange zest, rosemary, thyme and parsley.

Gently lift the skin of the chicken from the neck and top of the filets and stuff some of the butter mixture underneath. Spread the remaining butter mixture across the top of the whole chicken. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

In a large bowl, combine the sliced potatoes, garlic, and oil, and season with salt and pepper. Place the potatoes around the chicken in the roasting pan (if you need more room, put the potatoes underneath the chicken as well). Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, adding the lingonberry glaze about 5 to 10 minutes before the chicken is finished. (You don’t want to cook the glaze too long, otherwise it could burn in the high heat)

While the chicken is baking, in a small saucepan, bring the lingonberries, brown sugar, orange juice, red chili flakes and salt to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring often, until thickened, for about 10 minutes. After the chicken has baked for about 55 minutes, quickly spread the glaze over the top of the chicken. Cook for another 5 to 10 minutes or until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 160ºF to (71ºC) in the thickest part of the breast.

Let the chicken rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving, where the internal temperature should rise slightly to 165ºF to (74ºC).

*For extra crispy potatoes, put them back in the oven while the chicken is resting.

Nevada Berg

Nevada is a utah native and norwegian by heart. When not crafting culinary delights she enjoys her family time and tending to her animals. You most certainly can find her perusing her property for wild berries.

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  1. Kirsten says:

    Everything on your website looks fantastic and delicious. The trouble is, I can’t print any of the recipes!!!! Is it just a problem with my tablet, or does your website need to be upgraded to allow printing?

    • nevada says:

      Thanks Kirsten! The site is not set up with a print option, but you can always copy and paste the recipe over to a Word document to print. Thanks for your support!

  2. Elisabeth Hodges says:

    Love your recipes!!!!! Just wondering if the 220C oven is fan-forced or not? (I’m making the roast chicken) 🙂

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