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Roast Chicken with Apples and Sage
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 45 mins
Roasting a chicken vertically is not only easy, but results in deliciously moist chicken too. This recipe uses a vertical chicken roaster but can be made easily in a regular roasting pan as well.
Course: Entrées
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 508 kcal
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 5-pound whole chicken
  • 6 to 8 sprigs fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 apples cut into 6 wedges
  • 4 or 5 shallots halved
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • Fresh sage leaves for garnish
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375°F and remove all but the bottom rack of the oven.

  2. Combine the olive oil, sage, salt and black pepper.
  3. Fill the cavity of the vertical roaster with the apple cider and a few sprigs of thyme. Place the chicken on the vertical roaster stand, over the cavity. Brush the chicken all over with the spice mixture, brushing the breast, back, legs, as well as between the thigh and breast and under the wings.
  4. Transfer the chicken to the 375°F oven for 50 minutes.

  5. Toss the apples and shallots with the melted butter and arrange the apples, shallots and remaining thyme sprigs around the roaster. Return the roaster to the oven and roast for another 40 minutes, until the chicken reaches the internal temperature of 165°F in the thickest part of the thigh and breast.

  6. Remove the roaster from the oven and transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before carving. Serve the carved chicken with the roasted apples and shallots and garnish with leaves of sage and sprigs of thyme.
Nutrition Facts
Roast Chicken with Apples and Sage
Amount Per Serving (1 of 6 servings)
Calories 508 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 146mg49%
Sodium 549mg23%
Potassium 513mg15%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 461IU9%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.