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Nutrition Facts

Calories 931
  Calories from Fat 189 (20%)
(33%)Total Fat 21g
(14%)Saturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
(52%)Cholesterol 155mg
(57%)Sodium 1364mg
(58%)Potassium 2021mg
Total Carbohydrate 133g
(22%)Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 122g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(110%)Protein 55g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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Grilled Whole Chicken with Starfruit Cranberry Sauce


  • 1 whole roasting chicken, about 4 pounds

  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 1 red onion, peeled and chopped

  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded

  • 1/4 cup parsley

  • 1.4 cup cilantro

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 1 Tbs ground cumin

  • 1 Tbs dried oregano

  • 1 cup orange juice

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 orange, quartered

  • 1 white onion, peeled and quartered

  • Starfruit Cranberry Sauce1 1/4 cups orange juice

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 ripe starfruit, diced

  • 1 package cranberries (12 ounces), rinsed

  • 1 Tbs grated fresh ginger

Jalapeño gives this whole roasted chicken a bit of heat while the cranberry sauce makes for a festive presentation.


  • In food processor or blender, place garlic cloves, red onion, jalapeño pepper, parsley, cilantro, salt, cumin, oregano, orange juice and vegetable oil. Purée thoroughly. Set marinade aside. Rinse chicken and pat dry. Gently insert fingers under skin, loosening as much as possible without puncturing over breast, thighs and drumsticks. Place chicken in plastic oven roasting bag. Rub marinade into meat beneath the loosened skin and into body and neck cavities. Place quartered orange and quartered onion pieces inside body cavity. Pour any remaining marinade over chicken and close bag tightly. Refrigerate overnight. Remove chicken from marinade and pat dry.
  • Grill chicken over charcoal (or gas - medium heat) medium-hot coals until skin is deep golden brown and meat is cooked through, about 1 hour and 40 minutes (or about 25 minutes per pound.) Internal temperature should reach 180° F when done, measured in the deepest part of the thigh, not touching the bone. (Or, roast chicken 90 minutes at 375° F.)
  • While the chicken cooks, prepare Starfruit Cranberry Sauce by combining orange juice and sugar in heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring. Reduce heat to simmer; cook 5 minutes. Stir in starfruit, cranberries and ginger. Simmer, stirring, until berries pop, about 8 minutes. Set aside to cool. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

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