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.



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  • 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.

Reviews (3)

38 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
I received a bag of dates I needed to use and found this recipe.... oMG! I used bone-in chicken breasts instead and it was sooooo earthy and yummy. Served over sautéed zucchini spirals.... good to the last drop!
Rating: 5 stars
This was such an easy recipe and so delicious! It Hit All the Notes...sweet, tangy, salty & citrus! I served it over couscous and with a salad. My Hubby is Not a fan of dates but Loved how they made a jammy taste in the sauce. Make sure you leave the orange & lemon in the pan so as to cook till tender. The perfect bite is chunk chicken, a piece of date, the rind of the citrus & 1/2 an olive. Mmmmmm Making it for the 2nd time Tonight!
Rating: 5 stars
Because I was making dinner for a crowd, I doubled the recipe. I followed it exactly until it came time to pour in the extra orange juice. I felt the chicken would have been swimming in liquid so I left it out. I was glad I did. I turned the heat up at the end to get the chicken a little browner, poured the juices and half the dates into a skillet, added some of the extra citrus juice and used my potato masher to break down the dates. I served it with rice and naan and there wasn't a bite left.