Simple Roast Chicken with Rosemary

    2 hours 10 minutes

    Stuff a whole chicken with onion and fresh rosemary for a simple and delicious roast dinner accompanied by roasted vegetables.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1 whole chicken
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 1 medium onion, quartered
    • 5 rosemary sprigs

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:2hours  ›  Ready in:2hours10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C.
    2. Season the outside of the chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Stuff the cavity with the onion and rosemary. Place in a 23x30cm baking dish or roasting pan.
    3. Roast in the preheated oven for 2 to 2 ½ hours, or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of the chicken.

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    Something else. 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 mug of water over it and roasted it for 2 1/2 hours and it was amazing. It was my first time ever cooking a whole chicken and everyone was super impressed. Best to keep the dripping as thats where most of the flavour is. Amazing once poured over top of the meat.  -  08 Oct 2008


    Something else. 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 carrots to the bottom of tin with some salt and pepper *baked for about 2.5 hours *really stuffed cavity full with rosemary, salt, garlic cloves, lemon halves and onion quarters *Rubbed outside with olive oil *sprinkled outside with rosemary garlic, and fresh ground pepper *dumped tub of chicken stock in the tin 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 Chardonnay 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, sandwiches, etc. this week.  -  08 Oct 2008


    Used different ingredients. Excellent! Not the least bit dry. I too used a little olive oil on the skin before baking. I will definately be making this again.  -  08 Oct 2008