Honey Mandarin Roasted Chicken | Mommy's Home Cooking

Honey Mandarin Roasted Chicken

Honey Mandarin Roasted Chicken - An unbelievable juicy, tender and delicious chicken perfect for a weeknight dinner, ready in less than 40 minutes!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories per serving 516 kcal
Author Oriana Romero


  • 1 whole roasting chicken (about 4 lb)
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup madarin juice (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 10 oz white pearl onions (optional but recommended)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves to decorate (optional)


  1. Preheat over to 475º F.
  2. Place chicken, breast side down, on a work surface. Starting at thigh end, cut along 1 side of backbone with kitchen shears. Turn chicken around; cut along other side. Discard backbone or save for stock.
  3. Transfer chicken, breast side up, to an iron skillet and splay it open. Use your hand to press firmly on breastbone to flatten.
  4. In a small bowl, mix butter and garlic.
  5. With your fingers, ease the skin away from the chicken and spread some of the butter mixture inside. Spread the rest of the butter on the outside, all over the chicken. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Scatter white pearl onions around chicken.
  6. Mix in a bowl the mandarin juice, soy, honey, and rice vinegar.
  7. Add mandarin mixture over the chicken, and bring the skillet to the oven.
  8. Roast the chicken for 30 – 40 minutes, basting with pan juices every 15 minutes. Continue to roast chicken until a thermometer inserted into thickest part of breast reaches 165 degrees.
  9. Transfer chicken to a carving board, and let rest 8 -10 minutes. Cut chicken into pieces, and serve with shallots, and pan juices.

Recipe Notes

Mandarins also are known as clementines or tangerines. 


Mandarin Juice: To made the mandarin juice I used a citrus squeezer or juicer. Just peel 3 - 4 mandarins. Depending on the size of the fruit you might need to cut it in half. Put the citrus half in the well of the juicer cut-side down and squeeze out all the juice. Discard pulp.


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Please note that nutritional information is a rough estimate and it can vary depending on the products used.

Nutrition Facts
Honey Mandarin Roasted Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 516 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 142mg47%
Sodium 1811mg75%
Potassium 534mg15%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 635IU13%
Vitamin C 18.6mg23%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.