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Roast Chicken with Chestnuts and Orange Yam Mash


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Roast Chicken with Chestnuts and Orange Yam Mash

Roast chicken is definitely one of life’s simple pleasures. This beautiful meal is made complete with the wonderful flavors of chestnuts and fennel and served with a side of slightly sweet yams.


  • Prep Time : 12 min
  • Cook Time : 1 hour
  • Ready Time : 1 hour, 12 min




  • 1 bulb fennel, cut into 8 large wedges
  • 6 cipollini onions, peeled and halved
  • 1 (4- to 5- pound) whole organic chicken
  • 1-2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 yams or sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 (3.5-ounce) bag roasted chestnuts


Preheat oven to 400F.

Arrange fennel and onions in the bottom of a roasting pan or heavy cast iron skillet. Rinse chicken with cold water, pat dry and set in the middle of the pan.

Season inside cavities and outside of the chicken liberally with salt and pepper. Place thyme springs on top of vegetables and drizzle everything with olive oil.

Roast uncovered for about 1 hour or until internal temperature reaches 165F. Sprinkle chestnuts in roasting pan for last 15 minutes of roasting to heat.

While chicken is roasting, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add yams and simmer until tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain well and return to pot. Mash with a potato masher or fork and stir in orange juice and margarine.


About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




2 Responses to Roast Chicken with Chestnuts and Orange Yam Mash

  1. Jamie
    What is cipollini onions? Recipe sounds great.

  2. A smaller, flat, pale onion. They are sweeter than garden-variety white or yellow onions, but not as sweet as shallots. The advantage to cipollinis is that they are small and flat and the shape lends them well to roasting. This combined with their sweetness makes for a lovely addition to recipes where you might want to use whole caramelized onions. But they can be hard to find so any onion, spanish or red quartered or whole shallots can be substituted.

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