Roast Chicken with Rosemary

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One of the simplest of the world's great recipes. There are 2 keys to success: One, pay attention to technique; it will improve the result. Two, start with a good chicken (free range or organic).

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1 tbsp olive oil 15 mL
1 chicken, whole, trimmed of excess skin and fat 1.4 kg
2 tbsp butter, unsalted 28 g
5 cloves garlic
3 sprigs rosemary, fresh 16 g
1 pinch salt [optional] 0.2 g
ground pepper to taste [optional]


  1. Preheat the oven to 230ºC/450ºF. Pour the oil on a large oven-proof dish or baking sheet.
  2. Flatten the chicken by pressing down on the breast, then break the joints between the body and the legs to flatten the legs as well. Rub the chicken with the butter. Slice the cloves of garlic into thin strips then put some into the bird cavity and tuck the rest under the skin. Do the same with 3 rosemary sprigs. Season generously with salt and pepper, then place the chicken on the sheet, breast side down.
  3. Cook 15 min in the middle of the oven, then lower the temperature to 190ºC/375ºF and cook an additional 30-35 min.
  4. Take the sheet with the chicken out of the oven, turn the chicken breast side up, then return to the oven. Cook an additional 40-45 min, until the chicken is golden-coloured and fully cooked. For a nicely coloured and crisp skin, turn on the top broiler for the last 2 min.
  5. Let stand 3-5 min before serving.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 serving (100 g)


% Daily Value




10 g

16 %

Saturated 3.5 g
+ Trans 0.1 g

18 %


70 mg


70 mg

3 %


1 g

0 %


0 g

1 %


0 g

Net Carbs

1 g


23 g

Vitamin A

4 %

Vitamin C

2 %


2 %


9 %


This recipe is :
Free  :
Excellent source of  :
Niacin, Selenium
Good source of  :
Phosphorus, Vitamin B6, Zinc
Source of  :
Iron, Magnesium, Pantothenic Acid, Potassium, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Vitamin E
Low  :


1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Vegetables 0
Meat and Alternatives 3
Fats 1

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  • I replaced oregano by rosemary and it turned out great
  • use my large pan with the copper bottom
  • leave under the grill 3 minutes instead of 1 to get a golden crust

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