Honey Sesame Roasted Chicken

A roasted chicken for dinner is timeless and home-warming. Whether you’re talking about a weeknight meal or a Sunday dinner, a chicken dinner is always the winner! So why not go outside the chicken dinner box a little bit? Honey Sesame Roasted Chicken is the perfect way to amp up your usual weeknight or weekend dinner! It is packed full of rich flavors to transport your tastebuds. From sweet honey, to nutty sesame, to salty soy sauce and umami packed hoisin,  this Honey Sesame Roasted Chicken is a perfectly balanced punch in every bite.

When you place this Honey Sesame Roasted Chicken on the table, you will wow everyone you are feeding! You know that greasy, rich, super satisfying but yet really un-healthy sesame chicken you get when you order Chinese take out? Well, you roast up this chicken and you just met it’s match! Toss out all of the guilt of eating it, though, because this chicken is all sorts of good for you. The secret is in the sauce. After the chicken is done roasting, serve it up with brown rice, a green veggie of choice and then spoon the sauce from the bottom of the pan all over your plate. Trust me, it’s that good!

The chicken will naturally get all sorts of crispy and golden while you are roasting it, so you won’t even miss the fried version! The bed of onions and carrots that you roast the chicken on top of soak up all of the wonderful juices from the sauce and are a perfect side to serve along side this chicken.

Your house will smell crazy good once you get this Honey Sesame Roasted Chicken roasting away in your oven. Going back for seconds is encouraged and leftovers are going to be fought over. You don’t want to miss out on this one! Whether you have a blizzard blowing outside your window or the sun shining on the ocean, this Honey Sesame Roasted Chicken is perfect for all climates and occasions.

 

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Honey Sesame Roasted Chicken

Honey Sesame Roasted Chicken is the perfect way to amp up your usual weeknight or weekend dinner! It is packed full of rich flavors to transport your tastebuds. From sweet honey, to nutty sesame, to salty soy sauce and umami packed hoisin,  this Honey Sesame Roasted Chicken is a perfectly balanced punch in every bite.

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 4.5 pound whole chicken
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, plus a little extra for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 4 green onion stalks, plus a couple extra for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. In the bottom of a 7 quart dutch oven, or a baking dish large enough to hold the chicken, place the onions and carrots in an even layer. Place the chicken on top of the onion and carrot layer and pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the teriyaki sauce, hoisin, soy sauce, honey, garlic, sesame seeds and red chili flakes until combined. Evenly pour the sauce over the chicken until it is completely covered. Place 2 green onion stalks on both sides of the chicken.
  3. Cover with a lid or tightly wrap with foil and roast the chicken for 45 minutes. Remove the chicken from the oven after 45 minutes and baste it with the sauce and juices from the bottom of the pan. Reduce the oven heat back down to 400 and bake the chicken uncovered for another 45 minutes to an hour, or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken reads 165 degrees. While the chicken is roasting uncovered, baste it with the juices and sauce from the bottom of the pan every 10 minutes or so and rotate the pan to insure that the chicken is getting evenly browned on all sides.
  4. Prior to serving, baste the chicken once more in the sauce from the bottom of the pan and garnish with fresh sesame seeds and additional chopped green onions.

Notes

This recipe will work with any size of chicken! Choose your chicken size based on how many people you would like to serve. You may need to adjust your roasting time if you choose a smaller or larger chicken.