kumquat garlic chicken recipe

Kumquat Garlic Chicken

Kumquats are in season right now. What’s a kumquat you ask? Essentially it’s a citrus fruit that closely resembles an orange, though it is much smaller. If you want to know more about kumquats there is a great article over at the Cooking Light website.

Meanwhile, here’s a cozy holiday recipe for gluten free Kumquat Garlic Chicken.  We’re having this tonight for the first night of Hanukkah, along with Squash Latkes and gluten free Matzo Ball Soup, of course.

Kumquat Garlic Chicken
  1. Rinse the chicken and pat dry
  2. Place the chicken breast side up in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish, then rub with oil and sprinkle with salt
  3. Stuff the head of garlic into the cavity of the chicken along with a couple of kumquats
  4. In a large bowl, combine the orange juice, water, agave and arrowroot
  5. Pour the orange juice mixture into the baking dish around the chicken
  6. Place the kumquats in the dish
  7. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes
  8. Lower heat to 375° and continue to roast the chicken until it is cooked through, about 40 minutes
  9. Remove from oven and serve

It’s Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook mania!

The amazing and talented Stephanie from A Year of Slow Cooking and author of Make It Fast, Cook It Slow did a wonderful holiday gift roundup post in support of fellow food bloggers, with nice reviews of cookbooks, including my gluten free cookbook. Thanks Stephanie! She is also giving away 2 copies of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook over at her other blog, Totally Together Reviews.

Diane from The W.H.O.L.E. Gang is also giving away 2 copies of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook on her blog, thewholegang.org.  I was lucky enough to meet both Diane and Stephanie this fall at the Blogher Conference in San Francisco.

If you are in Boulder I’ll be doing a book signing at Barnes and Noble tomorrow, Saturday, December 12th.

I’ve also got a couple of television appearances on December 16th. One with Good Day Colorado at 8:15am (Mountain Time) and another right after that on Daybreak on the Deuce at 8:35am (Mountain Time). I’ll be talking about my cookbook and making gluten-free recipes live on the air for each of these shows!

The winner of last weeks Friday Freebie for the Magic Line loaf pan is Betsy. Congratulations!

This week I’ll be giving away The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook and a 5lb bag of blanched almond flour. To be entered into this Holiday Deluxe Giveaway follow these 3 steps:

  1. create a blog or Facebook post mentioning this giveaway
  2. in your post link back to The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook page (http://www.elanaspantry.com/gluten-free-almond-flour-cookbook/), if you like you can also add an almond flour recipe (of mine, yours, or someone else’s) to your post, but that’s entirely optional
  3. leave a comment below with a link to your blog post or Facebook page by January 11th so that I know you entered the contest!  If you win, I’d be happy to sign your book

Happy Hanukkah!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now over. The winner of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook was Liz. Thanks to everyone who participated!


  1. says

    Have tried a few of your sweet recipes, with much success, so I ventured to try a savoury, and also a hit. I love kumquats, but didn’t have any on hand, instead I’d just manage to get lots of fresh ground cherries from a local farmer at the market combined with dried ones from my pantry and got rave reviews at our Sunday family dinner.

    Thanks to my friend for leading me to your blog, as I’d been a fan of 101Cookbooks and when I first visited your blog I was thrilled to have an inspirational gluten free food blogger to refer to.

    Cheers from Ottawa, Canada

  2. Marlena Freeman says

    I’m thrilled to have found your site through Chowhound!
    As a retired chef I still love to cook and bake and realized last fall that my lifetime of all the breads and gluten and wheat laden meals I enjoyed had all piled up on me.
    This is a great experimental time for me going gluten-free. Have been an organic food buyer and consumer for a long time and I really like your approach, resources and the book looks lovely . Thanks to your husband for pushing you to do the
    I was more than happy to post your link on FB-A lot of my friends are g-free too and we all love to cook-
    Thanks again

  3. says

    Hi Elena,

    After six months of trying the gluten free diet after a Celiac diagnosis, I started to regress and was stupified. I’m so happy I found your blog and cookbook. Cooking your recipes has made me feel so much better. I’m definitely dairy and sugar free now, and am researching going grain free. I talk about your recipes all the time and
    suggest your cookbook to everyone! I posted it on my blog, http://www.thealmondflower.com/2010/01/classic-muffins-and-drop-biscuits.html
    Thank you so much for your work!
    And the kumquat chicken is on my list for next week’s recipes!

  4. says

    I got your cookbook for Christmas but I could sure use the bag of almond flour! ;-) I posted on my facebook about the book & the giveaway ~Cheers

  5. Cheryl Asbury says

    I am supremely happy to have found this website! I have made 14 of the recipes so far, and have so many more I want to try. I made a post on Facebook about the book and almond flour giveaway, and I’m hoping that I’m doing this correctly so that I will be entered in the giveaway! I might be too late though… In any case, thank you so much Elana! I have been diagnosed with Lyme disease and part of the treatment is a restricted diet, but almost all your recipes fall within what I can eat (except kale – no cruciferous veggies for me).

  6. Charlene Hobot says

    I am always excited about trying out your recipes. So far I have not been let down.

    I just got back from a cruise and was thinking wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way for GF products to be available, you know to have choices like everyone else. Trust me I DID NOT have choices.

    Maybe a GF friends and family only cruise!

  7. says

    I just got married and I have Celiac disease. My husband does not but, he likes to exercise and eat healthy. I made him the almond bread and told him of the protein content and he now loves the almond flour recipes! I would love to win the cookbook and the almond flour so we can eat delicious healthy meals together.

  8. Liat says

    Hi Elena,
    I would really love to win your cookbook!!
    I just posted a msg about the contest with a link to the book on my facebook profile.
    The recipes on your blog are great and have really opened my eyes as to what I CAN eat.
    Wining the flour would be nice as well since I live in Germany at the moment and the only almond flour I found comes in 175g bags… It’s so expensive. I emailed Honeyville who replied (actually very quickly and politely) to say that unfortunately they do not deliver abroad… :o(
    I really hope to win!!!
    Thanks again for all the wonderful recipes!

  9. Nitasia Timms says

    Hi Elana.
    I’m very excited about your cookbook and trying out this recipe. I had a small kumquat tree when I was a little girl, and my mother helped me tend to it. I loved eating the tiny orange-y kumquats and remember that well!

    I bake exclusively with almond flour, so I look forward to trying your recipes.

    I posted about your cookbook and the giveaway on Facebook:


  10. Carol says

    Elena, I posted the contest and linked on Facebook: I am trying to win a gorgeous cookbook, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, which contest requires me to link back to this page. This gluten-free and healthy cooking site is actually a terrific read, although I haven’t invested in most of the hard-to-find ingredients. If I win, the contest includes 5 lb bag of blanched almond flour so that I can try the recipes in the cookbook. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=name&id=1674828225

  11. says

    I made the Kumquat Garlic Chicken for dinner last night. What a delightful, wonderful dish. I purchased kumquats from a local organic farmer at our farmer’s market here in Florida. I was just planning on adding them to a fresh fruit plate when I discovered your recipe. I want to try the recipe using duck! Excellent, thanks Elana

  12. says

    In the midst of medical health crisis enter Elana’s Pantry!!!!!! What a gem of a blog this is! I hope I win your treasure of a book! Almond flour sounds lika an answer to prayer!
    here’s the link to my food blog where I posted about your book
    along with the facebook page where I bragged you up ! :)

    and my other blog

    hope I did that all right :)
    thanks for doing what YOU do so well… :)

  13. says

    I posted your link on my recipe page – thanks for all the wonderful ideas – hope you find some that you enjoy on my pages! I just can’t wait to try that Asian dressing tonight!

  14. Kelsey Casey says

    As a college student, I was recently diagnosed with celiac disease. It has been a long journey trying to discover what I can eat. Your cookbook would be very helpful. I posted your cookbook link to my facebook page. Hopefully it can help someone else too!

  15. Malena says

    I love to say “kumquat.” So maybe I’ll give this a try. Sounds like something my husband would love!

    Oh, yeah, became a fan on Facebook and linked to your website!

  16. Angel Kelly says

    Hi E,

    I posted on my facebook page:
    The following:
    so excited about cooking up yummies this year! Here is one of my favorites and she currently is giving away a free cook book AND a 5 lb bag of almond flour…. AND a link to your page.

    If i get the book it will be given away as a gift because i have it already, i do need to order more flour, BTW, I use both blanched & natural, depending on the recipe (natural for fruit & nut breads especially) and would love to see a recipe of yours include it…

  17. Jessica says

    We have a kumquat tree in our backyard and I have never known what to do with them! I love your website and can’t wait to enjoy your gluten-free meals. My husband and I started our Paleo diet for the New Year and your recipes fit in so well with how we are eating. This is a new way of eating for us and every recipe I see I am adding it to my arsenal! Thank you so much!

  18. Kathryn Olney says

    I have printed many of your recipes and keep stuffing them in the front of your cookbook, but I have to find another way to store them as you keep posting more I want to try. I posted your drawing on FB. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?

    Thanks for the great recipes. I love many, but my top pick is the chocolate cranberry walnut cookies. My daughter prefers I skip the walnuts and I think I agree. It is hard to stay out of the cookie jar!

  19. says

    Mmm kumquats! When I worked at a garden nursery I used to eat these bursts of citrus right off the tree… Not for the timid, you have to eat the whole thing at once for the amazing sour/sweet explosion you will experience. I can’t wait to try this recipe!
    I linked my facebook to your site and am excited to try baking with almond flour, thank you for creating this site!

  20. says

    I wanted to add that I also have posted your website with the information about your contest to a forum that I belong to. We have many that are using a GF, CF, SF & CF diet to help control seizures. Sites like yours are very encouraging. Living with seizures are very depressing by themselves. To still be able to eat really wonderful food in the attempt to heal and control seizures is a treat.


  21. NN says

    Oh, goodness! So excited to have discovered the cookbook – I modify recipes to make them with almond flour all the time, and I can’t wait to see recipes that were *designed* for it!

    [Posted about the giveaway on my FB page, linked above.]

  22. Jane Linkenman says

    Elana, thanks for the much needed inspiration. I just started my first blog at livejournal.com and also on facebook. I’ve posted your website on both places and on my livejournal I posted a recipe of yours linking to your website along with the contest information. I’ve been going thru some rough waters lately with my gluten free diet and after looking at your recipes I have renewed hope. I’ve decided to chanllenge myself in a contest on cooking a NEW gluten free recipe several times each week from your website and other gluten free recipes/websites and then posting the results on my livejournal.com and facebook. My hope is this challenge will keep me on my gluten free diet not only for me but for the health of my entire family. Thanks again for your amazing website!! I wish you lived next door!! I would love to cook with you. I’m sure you could teach me so many new things about a gluten free diet and cooking techniques. Have a fantastic new year! I can’t wait for 2010 to start my new challenge to myself.

    Jane Linkeman – AKA homeschooling mom, wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and oh yeah…work at a job 3 days per week.

    • Sarah says

      Hi Jane,
      I’m another fan of Elana’s Pantry. Thought I’d pass along an idea. I had been gluten-free for two and a half years. My health was better but not great. Then six weeks ago, thanks to a hyperlink on Elana’s site, I found something called the SCD, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. It’s done wonders for me. You can check it out at http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info. It has a long and respectable medical history, though it’s never made the medical mainstream. The website is instructive and there’s a book of the same name.
      Good luck with your challenge to yourself in the coming year!
      Sarah Scott

  23. says

    And I have to make a separate comment b/c your system said I was a little bit “spammy” and wouldnt let my full comment thru…

    And Muffins
    And raw vegan gingerbread cookies & cookie dough balls

    I have tons more almond flour recipes but that’s a sampling of what I create from scratch. I would love your book, Elena!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Junecutie says

    Hiya Elana,
    I don’t have a blog, and I am allergic to Facebook.
    Honest, I break out in a rash when I read the word or worse, type it. (Scratch, scratch, sniffle) However, I am a long time lurker and sometimes commenter on this blog; and I would love to win the cookbook and almond flour. Does this count? I have marked this recipe to try after the holidays are over. Maybe I’ll find some kumquats by then.
    Much love and many blessings,

  25. says

    Kelli and Virginia,

    If you don’t have a blog and still want to enter you can always post on Facebook to be included in the giveaway (see the amended rules in the post above)


  26. Virginia says

    Like Kelli above said, I don’t have my own blog to post a link about your cookbook giveaway. How do we get into the contest, too? Would LOVE a chance to win copy of your cookbook, too.
    Thanks for all the wonderful recipes!

  27. Kelli says

    I don’t have a blog, but I really want your cookbook! If I win, I’ll tell everyone I know about it, does that count??? Please?

  28. Brenda James says

    I’d sure love to win your cookbook. You have such wonderful posts. I’m planning to try the chicken. Like some of the people above, I don’t know much about so many healthy foods that are out there, so I sure do appreciate getting a recipe that helps me know how to try/use the food.

  29. Sarah says


    A month or so ago you mentioned the SCD diet casually in a post. I clicked on it, also casually, and a whole new world opened up for me. Had never even heard of it, and now I know a fair bit about it. I’ve been following the SCD vigilantly now for a month and my remaining intestinal and cardiac problems have utterly disappeared. It’s extraordinary. Life is looking very good again, and I can’t thank you enough. I’m sharing the info with anyone remotely interested. Hooray for you and hooray for your generosity in sharing what you’ve learned.


  30. Betsy says

    I made this last night and it was delicious! We had it with cranberry relish, spinach with garlic and steamed potatoes. The flavors of the kumquats and cranberries combined beautifully! The juices were terrific over the potatoes and meat. I’ll be making this again and again!

  31. Junecutie says

    This chicken looks so good. Do you think it could be done in a slow cooker? Please put me in for the Holiday Deluxe Giveaway and pretty please sign my book if I win.

    Much Love and Many Blessings,

  32. says

    Kumquats are my hubby’s favorite fruit. Here in Israel, when we talk a walk, we can just pick them off the trees and eat them FRESH!
    This is definitely going to be a Shabbat dish this week. Thanks for the recipe!

  33. Luci says

    I LOVE Kumquats! VeggieGirl – rinse them off well, and eat them whole; just be careful of the seeds. It is the SKIN that is sweet – so eat them whole.

    Happy Hanukkah everyone!

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