Swedish Roast Chicken With Spiced Apple Rice

"From Marcus Samuelsson of Aquavit, who says it was what his Swedish Grandmother made on Sunday nights. My change is to add some additional liquid to the pan so that you have enough to make sauce to pour sparingly over the chicken and rice."
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Ready In:
2hrs 10mins




  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  • Blanch the sweet potato in boiling water for two minutes, then drain, rinse in cold water and drain again.
  • In a medium bowl, combine sweet potato, onion, apples, shallots, garlic, thyme and mint.
  • Combine the 2 tablespoons of water and the olive oil and add to the vegetable mixture, tossing to coat.
  • With a mortar and pestle (or with the back of a heavy skillet against a cutting board) lightly crush the cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, cloves, black and white peppercorns (you can use all black if that's what you have) with the teaspoon of kosher salt.
  • Add half the spice mixture to the vegetables and reserve the rest.
  • Rinse the chicken inside and out and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Remove all the excess fat.
  • Lightly stuff the bird's cavity with about half the vegetable mixture and tie the bird's legs together with kitchen string.
  • Place the chicken on a rack in a roasting pan and rub it all over with the reserved spice mixture.
  • Scatter the remaining vegetable mixture around the chicken.
  • Roast for about one hour.
  • Remove the vegetables that are loose in the pan and set aside in a bowl.
  • Continue roasting for another 30 minutes or until your meat thermometer, inserted in the thigh, reaches 160°F.
  • During this time, if the pan becomes too dry, add water a few tablespoons at a time.
  • Transfer chicken to a board, remove stuffing and add it to the other vegetables, and cover the chicken loosely with foil.
  • Keep the vegetables warm.
  • Place the roasting pan over heat on the stove top and add the water and stock or white wine.
  • Bring liquid to a boil, stirring and scraping to deglaze the pan.
  • Pour the liquid into a measuring cup, degreasing as best you can.
  • Pour about 1/2 of a cup of the liquid into a sauceboat and keep warm.
  • Add, if necessary, water to the remaining de-glazing liquid so that you have one cup.
  • Combine the rice, one cup of water, one cup of deglazing liquid and the salt in a medium saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat.
  • As soon as the rice boils, reduce the heat to low, cover and cook the rice till done, about 18 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and fold rice together with 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of the yogurt and the reserved vegetables.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Combine the remaining yogurt with the pan juices in the sauce boat.
  • Carve the chicken and serve with rice, passing the sauceboat for those who need a little extra liquid.

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  1. Citykidd
    This is my families new favorite roast chicken! I was worried that the flavor of the spices would be strong, but it was mild yet very flavorful and very moist and tender. The kids even loved it especially the rice and they never eat rice. This recipe is delicious and pretty easy to make and is well worth the time.
  2. Artandkitchen
    Thank a lot for this special the recipe. I used what I found at home and I modified the recipe: 4 medium potatoes instead of the sweet potatoe and quinces instead of apples. It was really excellent and different with such spices!
  3. bluemoon downunder
    Absolutely yummy! I’m only writing a quickie review for now as my internet connection is currently so dodgy that sometimes I’m only connected for a few minutes in twelve hour period. VERY frustrating. I’ll come back later and review this again when these problems have been resolved!
  4. tigerduck
    I've chosen this chicken to satisfy the Swedish national day challenge in the Zaar World Tour 2006. I thought if this dish used to be Marcus Samuellsson's grandmother's Sunday dish, then it is definitely good enough to eat it on Sweden's national day! I enjoyed the subtle flavour of the spices on the chicken, but what I loved best was the wonderful rice that goes with the chicken. I also appreciated the sauce very much. Thank you Kate for creating it to pour it over the chicken and rice! It surely is a wonderful addition to this recipe. I must add, however, that BF was less enthusiastic of this dish. He claimed that he couldn't taste the spices at all (liar! - I could!), that he has never seen a Swedish person eating sweet potatoes and that he preferred Greek lemon-oregano chicken or Italian rosemary-paprika chicken. However, I thoroughly enjoied this dinner and I only wished that I had cooked more rice (1 1/2 cups instead of just 1). In my eyes, this recipe certainly deserves 5 stars! Thank you Kate!
  5. Amis227
    Ohh, wonderful. Great directions. A great roast chicken. I don't get to make one very often, but this is definately a keeper. My husband would let me use the anis on pain of death. :( Zaar World Tour 05


  1. Artandkitchen
    Thank a lot for this special the recipe. I used what I found at home and I modified the recipe: 4 medium potatoes instead of the sweet potatoe and quinces instead of apples. It was really excellent and different with such spices!
  2. ncmysteryshopper
    This is the most phenomenal chicken ever! This is hands down the BEST roast chicken I have ever made (and that is saying a lot as I make about one a week!). This is the most tender, most flavorful, best texture, best tasting whole chicken recipe out there. The rice is wonderful and really adds to the dish! There is a reason that Marcus is recognized as a top Swedish chef and this recipe exemplifies that reason! I chose to use a nice Sauvignon Blanc instead of the chicken stock, excellent addition to the recipe Chef Kate! I did not have star anise, so I simply left it out and since I used ground cloves, I dont think it made that much of a difference. Lovely, Lovely Recipe! Very clear directions! Thank you so much for posting this one!


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