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Roast Chicken with Rosemary Recipe
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Roast Chicken with Rosemary
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Roast Chicken with Rosemary

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"When I was in Vicenza, Italy at an open market downtown, I smelled this scrumptious smell of roast chicken at this stand. So I bought one of their chickens and looked what they stuffed in the cavity to make it taste so good! I also do my turkeys like this too!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs

    2 hrs 10 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Stuff with the onion and rosemary. Place chicken in a 9x13 inch baking dish or roasting dish.
  3. Roast in the preheated oven for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear. Cooking time will vary a bit depending on the size of the bird.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 30, 2006

This was delicious with all the alterations offered by reviewers. I made the following suggestions based upon all the reviews: *cooked on rack to have crispy bottom *added quartered potatoes (skin on) and baby carrots to the bottom of pan with some salt and pepper *baked chicken at 350 degrees for about 2.5 hours *really stuffed cavity full with rosemary, kosher salt, garlic cloves, lemon halves and onion quarters *Rubbed outside with olive oil *sprinkled outside with rosemary garlic, and fresh ground pepper *dumped can of chicken stock in the pan with vegetables Sounds like a lot of work, but I was able to get it into the oven in 15 minutes and wow did it smell incredible! Served with some Chardonney and fresh tomatoes. Enjoy! My kids and husband sure did. I only wish I would have made an extra one at same time to have for salads, quesadillas, etc. this week.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 26, 2007

USE A MEAT THERMOMETER! I followed the 20 minute/pound advice of several reveiwers, and did NOT cook my 3-lb chicken 2 to 2-1/2 hours as the original recipe recommended. Was I ever sorry! It looked beautiful, but was terribly underdone... red meat at the inner thighs. (I did use 2 oven thermometers like I always do to insure I had the oven temperature at 350. I wiggled the leg and the juices ran clear). BUT I should have used a MEAT thermometer to check the inner thigh temperature- the USDA says to cook chicken to an internal temp of 165 degrees. (I also found several resources that said an unstuffed chicken takes 20-30 minutes per pound, and a stuffed chicken needs more cooking time than an unstuffed one.)

Nov 11, 2003

I combined this recipe with another one from AllRecipes for lemon chicken. I added the rosemary and onion, but then also rubbed the bird with olive oil, a lot of salt, and the juice from one lemon. The lemon halves then went inside with the rosemary and onion and I added a clove of garlic (will add more next time). I poured a cup of water over it and roasted it for 2 1/2 hours at 300 and it was amazing. It was my first time ever cooking a whole chicken and everyone was super impressed. Best to keep the drippings as thats where most of the flavor is. Amazing once poured over top of the meat.

Jun 08, 2005

I have enjoyed cooking for a many years & this was by far the best chicken that has ever come out of my oven. I mixed a tablespoon or so of olive oil w/ crushed garlic, rosemary, paparika & lemon juice and rubbed it under the skin. Follow the 20min. per pound rule and the most important rule of letting it sit for 15min or so after you've pulled out of the oven and success is as easy as that!

Nov 05, 2004

I made this twice in the past two weeks - it's astonishing how little work will yield such amazing results! After reading the reviews, I did the following: brined the chicken beforehand (you can find information on that under allrecipes advice), stuffed the cavity with an onion, some rosemary, several cloves of garlic, and two lemon halves (i reserved the juice to pour over the chicken). I put the chicken on top of a bed of veggies (potatoes, carrots, brussel sprouts), seasoned with salt, pepper, and the reserved lemon juice, and drizzled it with a little olive oil. I poured a little water into the pan, popped it in for 2.5 hours at 350 degrees. I made three at once yesterday night for guests - I literally had people standing over the carcasses to pick off microscopic pieces of chicken. Great recipe.

May 09, 2003

This is a good base for rosemary chicken. It was delicious and tender but i also rubbed rosemary and a table spoon of butter underneath the skin, squeezed some lemon from a whole lemon on top, took the advice of another and stuffed as many lemon wedges (with the onion and rosemary) in the cavity as possible, and also stuffed some garlic in there. Poured vegetable broth over it, and added some carrots and celery in the pan. It was sooo good.

Jan 23, 2004

Wow. This roast chicken was awesome! I slipped some butter and fresh rosemary under the skin especially around the breast and thighs. I rubbed olive oil over the chicken, squeezed one lemon over it and then used a little garlic salt and fresh ground pepper. I stuffed some fresh rosemary, a few cloves of smashed garlic, the quartered onion,the lemon halves and some sea salt in the cavity. Lastly I poured a can of chicken broth over the bird and popped her in the oven for about 2 hours while basting every so often. My husband and in-laws were very impressed and thought it was so moist, tasty and delicious. Definately making this again!

Jan 23, 2004

This makes a fantastic dinner! I put carrots & quartered potatos in the pan around the chicken and poured a little chicken broth over them. This was an awesome one pot meal. I cooked mine in a covered roating pan and uncovered it for the last 30 minutes or so. I also rubbed the skin with a little olive oil. The chicken was golden brown. The meat and veggies had a wonderful flavor.


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  • Calories
  • 291 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 97 mg
  • 32%
  • Fat
  • 17.2 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 30.8 g
  • 62%
  • Sodium
  • 94 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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