Szechuan Roasted Chicken

This low-fat recipe is big on flavor. Both the chicken quarters and potatoes are seasoned with the spicy orange-soy sauce.

Szechuan Roasted Chicken
Servings: 4 Prep 15 mins Cook 3 mins Roast 425°F 40 mins Broil 5 mins


  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Szechuan seasoning (such as McCormick)
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 4 (about 3 pounds) chicken quarters, skin and excess fat removed
  • 1 sweet potato (about 1 pound), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 white potatoes (about 1 pound total), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 bunch scallions, trimmed

Make It

1. Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Coat a rack with nonstick cooking spray, place in a roasting pan and set aside. Combine juice, soy sauce, garlic, seasoning and oil.

2. Place chicken quarters and 1/4 cup of the orange juice mixture in a bowl; toss to coat. Remove leg pieces; place on rack in the roasting pan, leaving the breasts in the marinade. Roast in oven 10 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, add potatoes to a second roasting pan. Drizzle with olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the orange juice mixture; stir to coat.

4. After legs have roasted for 10 minutes, add breast pieces to rack with legs, discarding marinade. Place potatoes in oven on lower rack. Roast 30 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, whisk cornstarch into remaining orange juice mixture; place in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 3 minutes or until thickened. Set aside.

6. Add scallions to potatoes when there are 5 minutes of cooking time left.

7. When chicken is done (instant-read thermometer inserted in the thigh without touching bone registers 160 degrees F) and potatoes are tender, remove from oven and turn on broiler. Brush chicken, potatoes and scallions generously with thickened sauce. Broil chicken for 3 minutes and potatoes for 2 minutes to crisp. Serve chicken and potatoes warm, topped with scallions.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 4; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 490, Fat, total (g): 10, chol. (mg): 122, carb. (g): 59, fiber (g): 6, pro. (g): 44, sodium (mg): 567, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.