Monday, November 28, 2011

Apple and Herb Roasted Chicken

Want to impress the in-laws or neighbors coming for dinner? I had my in laws coming over for dinner  for the first time. I wanted to impress them of course, as any newlywed woman would. I wanted something delicious and that would please anyone. This was the perfect recipe. Why not try this recipe and invite over someone to enjoy, you won't regret it. The apples and cranberries really make this recipe special. The chicken is full of flavor and is extremely juicy. If you don't try this recipe you are missing out!! (When they came over for dinner I doubled the recipe, based on the amount of people).


1 (5 pound) whole chicken, clean and remove insides
2 medium onions
3 apples; peeled, cored, and chopped (I chose Braeburn apples, they are crisp and have the best flavor)
1 cup of fresh whole cranberries
3/4 cup of salted butter, softened
2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary, minced
1 tablespoon of fresh sage, minced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place cleaned chicken on rack in roasting pan
2. In large mixing bowl combine apples, onions, and cranberries
3. In small mixing bowl combine butter, garlic, and herbs.
4. Take 3 tablespoons of butter mixture and rub in chicken's cavity. Massage the outside thoroughly with the butter mixture. Generously salt and pepper the inside and outside of the chicken.
6. Place 1/2 of the apple-onion mixture in the cavity of the bird and the remaining amount at the bottom of the pan.

6. Bake uncovered for 1 hour and 15 minutes and baste the chicken with the drippings every 30 minutes. If it starts to brown to quickly cover with tin foil. Make sure the inside of the bird reaches 180 degrees (test multiple spots).

7. Once temperature is met and outside is golden brown remove from heat. Baste with melted butter and drippings and cover with tinfoil. Let rest for 30 minutes then serve.

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