Asian-Style Orange Chicken Roasted Under a Brick
If you don't have a brick, you can use a heavy ovenproof skillet wrapped in foil instead. If using a brick, wash and dry it, then wrap it in foil before placing on top of the chicken.
- 2 oranges
- 1 lime
- 2 scallions, crushed with the flat side of a large knife
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed with the flat side of a large knife
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup ponzu or rice-wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine) or honey
- 1 whole chicken (3 to 4 pounds), rinsed and patted dry
- Vegetable oil
Place a large resealable plastic bag in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Using a vegetable peeler, peel strips of zest from 1 orange and the lime; transfer zest to bag.
Juice zested orange and lime into bag. Add scallions, garlic, soy sauce, ponzu, and mirin. Seal; shake to mix marinade.
Using poultry shears, cut along sides of chicken backbone; remove. Add chicken to bag; seal. Refrigerate, turning occasionally, at least 2 hours or up to 12.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet or a roasting pan 10 minutes. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Brush chicken breast with vegetable oil. Flatten chicken, and place it, breast side down, in skillet. Roast chicken about 40 minutes.
Remove skillet from oven. Pour a small amount of water into skillet; swirl to help loosen skin from bottom, if needed. Turn chicken over. Baste with pan juices; roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 165 degrees Fahrenheit, juices run clear, and skin is crisp, about 5-10 minutes more.
Let chicken stand 10 minutes. Just before carving chicken, squeeze juice from remaining orange over it. Carve chicken into at least 6 pieces, cut breasts in half.