Apricot Roasted Chicken

Celebrate with this tender, flavorful roasted chicken recipe that adds the sweetness of apricots, symbolizing the wish for a sweet new year.

Serves: 4Prep: 15 minutesCook: 1 hour 30 minutesTotal: 1 hour 45 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 4 pounds whole chicken, giblets removed and patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 small onion, cut into large pieces
  • 1⁄3 cup apricot preserves


  • Heat oven to 425°F. Mix together olive oil, rosemary and garlic; set aside.
  • Place chicken on a rack in a roasting pan, breast side up. Season inside cavity with salt and pepper. Stuff with onion. Loosen skin on top of chicken gently with fingers. Spread oil mixture under skin; generously season the skin of the chicken.
  • Tie the drumsticks together with kitchen twine. Roast 70-90 minutes or until the thickest part of the thigh reaches 165°F. Baste with apricot preserves during the last 15 minutes of baking.
  • Remove from the oven, rest 15 minutes before carving. Refrigerate leftovers.
  • Tip: If you don’t have a rack for your roasting pan form aluminum foil into a ring and place the chicken on top.