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Roast Chicken with Apples

Roast chicken with apples and rosemary, this is a perfect autumn dish. Tender meat served with meltingly delicious apples and shallots.
Course Poultry
Cuisine American, German
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 557kcal
Author Adina


  • 2 small chickens about 800 g/ 1.7 lbs each or 1 regular sized chicken of about 1.5 kg/ 3.3 lbs (Note 1)
  • 2 medium apples
  • 10-12 shallots
  • 5 sprigs rosemary Note 2
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • fine sea salt and pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius/ 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If using 2 small chickens, cut the apples into cubes and halve the shallots. If using a regular-sized chicken, only quarter the apples and leave the shallots whole.
  • Generously sprinkle the insides of the chickens with salt and pepper. Place one or two halved shallots and 2-3 whole sprigs of rosemary into the cavity of the chicken's body. Smear the chicken with butter all over. Generously sprinkle the outside of the chicken with salt and pepper as well. Chop the remaining rosemary and sprinkle it over the chicken.
  • Place the rest of the shallots and the apples into a Dutch oven or roasting pan. Add the olive oil, some salt, and pepper and mix well with your hands, so that all the fruit and vegetables are coated in oil.
  • Make space for the chickens in the pan and settle them there, breast side up. Roast in the oven until the inner temperature reaches 73 degrees Celsius/ 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If you have a kitchen thermometer, check the temperature by inserting the thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh. Or insert a skewer into the thickest part of the thigh, the juices should run completely clear. If they are still bloody or pink, continue roasting the chicken and check again from time to time.
  • Let the chicken rest for about 15 minutes before carving.

Roasting time:

  • The rule for roasting times for a whole chicken: roast the chicken by 200 degrees Celsius/ 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes per 500 g/ 1.1 lbs plus 30 minutes.
  • These two chickens weighing 800 g/ 1.7 lbs each needed 1 hour, a regular chicken weighing about 1.5 kg/ 3.3 lbs will need about 90 minutes.



  1. The size of the chicken is not really important, all you have to do is to pay attention to the cooking time indicated above. When cooking a larger chicken, cut the apples into larger chunks and leave the shallots whole, so that they will not get too soft too quickly.
  2. You can use dried rosemary as well, about ½ teaspoon for the inside of the chicken and a good pinch to sprinkle over the chicken.


Serving: 1/4 of the dish | Calories: 557kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 458mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 19g