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Roast Chicken With Plums and Grenache

Roast Chicken with Plums

This recipe is great to pair with Iron Hub Grenache and a large gathering of friends.


For the chicken

2 large lemons
3 tablespoons ground lemon pepper
4 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, grated or minced
2 chickens, 4 to 4 1/2 pounds each
1 bunch thyme, more for garnish

For the plums

2 ¼ pounds plums, halved or quartered if large
4 shallots, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon allspice
1 bay leaf, torn in half


  1. Grate the zest from the lemons and place in a small bowl. Set aside the zested lemons.
  2. Stir  salt, lemon pepper, cinnamon and allspice into the lemon zest. Stir in 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and the garlic. The mixture should feel like wet sand. Rub it all over the chickens, including inside the cavity.
  3. Divide thyme bunch in half and place in the chicken cavities. Place chickens on a roasting rack set over a rimmed baking sheet, and let marinate, uncovered, in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
  4. When ready to roast, let chickens come to room temperature for 30 minutes. Heat oven to 450 degrees.
  5. In a large roasting pan, toss together plums, shallots, honey, oil, salt, cinnamon, allspice, bay leaf and 2 tablespoons water. Spread out plum mixture evenly over the bottom of the pan. Place chickens on the rack over the plums in the pan. Roast for 30 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, squeeze 1 tablespoon juice from reserved lemon and mix it with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Drizzle this over the chicken, then continue to roast until the birds are golden-skinned and cooked through, about 30 to 45 minutes longer.
  7. Let chickens rest, covered lightly with foil, for 10 minutes. Carve and serve with the plums and more thyme for garnish.
  8. Serve with Iron Hub Grenache.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Time: 1.5 hours, plus marinating


Source: http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017684-roast-chickens-with-plums