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Rosemary-Orange Roasted Chicken

Guests will fall in love at first sight of this impressive citrus and savory herb roasted chicken—a big hit when my best friend’s mom came for a visit. —Sarah Vasques, Milford, New Hampshire
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + standing
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium onions, quartered
  • 1 medium apple, quartered
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 4 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig
  • 2 cups white wine or chicken broth
  • GRAVY:
  • Chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, combine butter, minced rosemary, orange zest and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. With fingers, carefully loosen skin from the chicken; rub butter mixture under the skin. Brush chicken with orange juice. Sprinkle salt and remaining pepper over chicken and inside cavity.
  • Place one onion and half of the apple inside the cavity. Tuck wings under chicken; tie drumsticks together. Place breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Arrange carrot, celery, thyme, parsley, bay leaves, rosemary sprig and remaining onion and apple around chicken. Pour wine into pan.
  • Roast 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°, basting occasionally with drippings. Cover loosely with foil if chicken browns too quickly. Cover and let stand 15 minutes before carving.
  • For gravy, pour drippings and loosened browned bits into a measuring cup. Skim fat. Add enough broth to the drippings to measure 1 cup. In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add broth mixture and nutmeg if desired. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with chicken.
Nutrition Facts
7 ounces cooked chicken with 1/4 cup gravy: 635 calories, 41g fat (19g saturated fat), 185mg cholesterol, 695mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 3g fiber), 44g protein.

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