Roast Chicken with Oranges

To "chicken out" means to be scared. This easy, hearty meal is nothing to be afraid of. 

Hands-on time:
20 minutes
Total time:
1 hour, 20 minutes

Kitchen Gear

Large baking sheet with sides
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Measuring spoons
Serving spoon


4 chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat
1 red onion, peeled and sliced
2 small oranges, peeled, seeded, and sectioned
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
1 lemon, peeled, seeded and cut into quarters


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your equipment and ingredients and put them on a counter.

  1. Turn the oven on and set the heat to 450 degrees.
  2. Put the chicken, onion, and oranges on a baking sheet. Be sure nothing overlaps with anything else. Sprinkle the chicken with the salt and pepper. (Wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling raw chicken or meat).
  3. Once the oven temperature has reached 450 degrees, put the baking sheet in the oven and cook until the chicken is browned on top and cooked inside and the onions and fruit have softened and darkened, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Chicken is done when you poke it with a knife and clear liquid runs out. Remove the chicken skin if you like.
  4. Move the chicken to a large plate or platter. Squeeze the lemon juice over the fruit and onions and then top the chicken with the roasted fruit mixture. Serve right away.