Roast Chicken With Rosemary-Orange Butter

Total Time
2hrs 10mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 50 mins

Delicious roast chicken dish from Bon Appetit. The recipe doesn't call for garlic, but I add garlic to everything. I usually quarter the orange after I zest it and put it in the cavity for a little more citrus flavor. The sauce is subtle but good.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 400°F Mince 1 shallot; mix with butter, rosemary and peel in small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Pat chicken dry. Using fingers, loosen skin from chicken breasts, legs and thighs. Sprinkle chicken cavity with salt and pepper. Spread half of rosemary-orange butter under chicken skin. Tie chicken legs together to hold shape. Spread remaining butter over chicken. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. Place a rack in large roasting pan. Add reserved chicken neck and heart to pan, then onion, carrots and celery. Chop 2 shallots; add to pan. Place chicken, breast side up, on rack in pan. Roast chicken until meat thermometer inserted into innermost part of thigh registers 180°F, stirring vegetables in pan occasionally, about 1 hour 40 minutes. Transfer chicken to platter. Tent with foil while making sauce (do not clean pan).
  4. Place same roasting pan over medium-high heat. Add wine to pan; simmer until most of wine evaporates, scraping up any browned bits, about 5 minutes. Add broth. Simmer until sauce is reduced to 1 1/2 cups, stirring often, about 6 minutes. Strain into 2-cup glass measuring cup; discard solids. Spoon fat from top of sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve chicken with pan sauce.
Most Helpful

Excellent! I love the flavor from the butter mixture, which also worked to keep the chicken tender. I had a little less than a 4 lb. chicken, so decreased the cook time to just a little over an hour. The sauce was really yummy and a nice change from regular gravy. Thank you!

LifeIsGood January 18, 2015

Excellent roast chicken. I cut the recipe in half due to just 2 of us and we really got 4 servings. I made as posted but just cut the cooking time down to 1 hour and it seemed to work. You can just taste a hint of the orange. The chicken was moist and tender with a crispy crust. We loved the sauce. I followed suit with another reviewer and cut the butter in half. Worked great plus lowered the amount of fat. The dogs loved the discarded veggies in their evening meal. Thanks Vickie for posting. :)

teresas August 07, 2010

I pretty much followed the recipe, though I did use a rounded tablespoon of the zest & included the orange inside the chicken! Great taste all the way around ~ Served with some brown rice, lemon dijon cauliflower & some green beans! Thanks much for sharing your recipe! [Made & reviewed while touring Greece during Zaar's World Tour 4]

Sydney Mike June 15, 2008