There is something comforting and satisfying about an easy-to-make yet pretty-to-present roasted chicken in the cooler months. This is perfect for a cozy Sunday dinner all winter long. The house feels warm, and it smells sweet! The combination of apricots and rosemary makes a beautiful dish that can be complemented well with some roasted rosemary potatoes or the Mujaddara recipe.
- 1 whole pasture-raised chicken, pieced out (you can request the butcher do this)
- Kosher salt and pepper to taste
- 1 medium lemon
- 1∕3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 3 sprigs fresh rosemary, roughly chopped, plus 1 tablespoon leaves for garnish
- ½ pound dried apricots, halved or quartered
- 1 large onion, quartered
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 475° F, with the rack in the middle position. Piece out the raw chicken, pat dry and sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper on both sides. Zest the lemon for fresh garnish, then halve and squeeze the juice into a medium bowl for the marinade. Whisk in the extra-virgin olive oil, honey and roughly chopped rosemary with the lemon juice.
Add the chicken pieces, apricots, onion and garlic to a large a roasting dish. Pour the whisked mixture over everything, tossing to coat. Once coated, arrange everything in a single layer, ensuring the chicken is skin side up. Roast for 30 minutes, uncovered, then cover with aluminum foil and continue roasting for an additional 20 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches about 160° F (it will continue to cook to 165° F once removed).
Rest the chicken for 10 minutes to ensure it remains juicy. Serve the chicken and sweet apricots sprinkled with some lemon zest and fresh rosemary.
Serving size: 1/5 of recipe.
Calories: 860, Carbohydrates: 40 g, Protein: 53 g, Fat: 56 g, Cholesterol: 205 mg, Sodium: 200 mg, Fiber: 4 g
Stephanie Vanlochem, BA, nutritional therapy Practitioner, is the founder of Cook By Color Nutrition, where she teaches the power of cooking real food to nourish both mind and body. Stephanie helps clients find sustainable practices to feed themselves and their families for health and enjoyment. Follow Stephanie on Instagram @CookByColor or online at CookByColorNutrition.com.