Doctor our homemade Meyer-lemon and cardamom marmalade with harissa paste for a spicy-sweet glaze that takes roast chicken to extraordinary new heights.

Martha Stewart Living, March 2018


Credit: Johnny Miller

Recipe Summary

25 mins
2 hrs 15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a food processor, pulse scallions, garlic, lemon zest, ginger, and cilantro until finely chopped. Add oil, harissa, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon salt; process until a paste forms.

  • Using kitchen shears, remove backbone from chicken. Place, breast-side up, on a cutting board; press down with your hands to flatten. Spread half of paste under and over skin and over cavity side. Arrange onions in a large cast-iron skillet. Place chicken on top, skin-side up. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour, or refrigerate, uncovered, up to 8 hours. (Bring to room temperature before roasting.)

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Arrange half of lemon rounds on chicken. Roast 25 minutes. Combine remaining paste and marmalade; brush chicken with mixture and top with remaining lemon rounds. Roast until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh (not touching bone) reads 155 degrees, about 20 minutes more. Let stand 10 minutes; serve.

Cook's Notes

Adding lemon rounds in two stages allows for a combination of super-caramelized rounds and fresher bursts of just-cooked juice. If you prefer only caramelized lemons, add them all at the beginning.

The harissa-marmalade mixture is added halfway through cooking to prevent the sugars in the marmalade from burning.