Pollastro Arrosto

Roasted Chicken with Orange Juice Glaze

Source: Libro de arte coquinaria by Maestro Martino de Como, 15th century

Original Recipe:

[Per fare pollastro arrosto.]

Per fare pollastro arrosto si vuole cocere arrosto; et quando è cotto togli sucho di pomaranci, overo di bono agresto con acqua rosata, zuccharo et cannella, et mitti il pollastro in un piattello; et dapoi gettavi questa tal mescolanza di sopra et mandalo ad tavola.

Translation: (from The Art of Cooking: The First Modern Cookery Book)

How to prepare roast pullet

To prepare roast pullet: when it is done roasting, take some orange juice, or good verjuice mixed with rose water, sugar, and cinnamon; put the pullet on a platter, and then dress with this mixture and server.

My Interpretation:

2 pounds Chicken 1 tsp. Cinnamon
½ cup Orange juice ½ cup Verjuice
1 Tbsp. Sugar 1 Tbsp. Orange Blossom Water

Cut chicken into 8 serving pieces. Marinade overnight in remaining ingredients. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place chicken pieces on roasting pan and bake for 15-20 minutes. Baste chicken with marinade. Reduce oven to 325°F, baste with marinade after 10 minutes. Bake for another 10-20 minutes until chicken reaches 165°F.


Although the original recipe clearly states that the orange juice mixture should be used to dress the poultry, I decided to use it as a marinade and glaze to help infuse the flavors into the flesh of the chicken. An option would be to reduce the orange juice mixture so it can be used to dress the chicken as described.

Works Referenced:
Libro de arte coquinaria, Maestro Martino de Como, Digital version: Valeria Romanelli, 7/2004. http://www.uni-giessen.de/gloning/tx/martino2.htm

The Art of Cooking: The First Modern Cookery Book, Translated by Luigi Ballerini, Jeremy Parzen, Stefania Barzini, University of California Press, 2005
- A translation of the work of Maestro Martino of Como, 15th century

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories:  151
Calories from fat: 31 (21% of tot cal)

% Daily Value*

Total Fat   3g 4%
     Saturated Fat  1g 5%
Cholesterol   79mg 26%
Sodium   88mg 4%
Total Carbo    4g 1%
     Dietary Fiber   0g 1%
     Sugars    4g  
Protein   24g  
Vitamin A       9% Vitamin C     23%
Calcium         2% Iron      12%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.  Your daily values may be higher or lower depending upon your caloric intake.

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