This Apple-Bacon Roasted Chicken recipe packed with flavor and it’s a huge crowd pleaser. It’s easy enough to prepare for a weeknight meal, and impressive enough for a weekend dinner party.June gloom is starting a bit early in Los Angeles, and yesterday was chilly and foggy.
While I l do love the sunshine, I also appreciate the cooler weather as an excuse to cook warming foods. And roasting a whole chicken with aromatic flavors is an easy way to create a delicious dinner for weeknight family dinner, or a group of friends for a get together on the weekends. This Apple-Bacon Roasted Chicken recipe is divine!
The cooking time may seem a bit long but please do not worry — you won’t be working during the majority of it. While the bird’s in the oven, I hang out with my boys — which at the moment means I’m required to either play Clue (I’m always Miss Scarlet) or draw (which I’m much better at). I can also work on other parts of the meal, or perhaps even site down for a cup of coffee.
Apple and bacon make for an incredibly fantasatic flavor combination. Together they are sweet and smoky, crispy and soft, and truly perfect with a bite of the golden roasted chicken.
I love adding lentils or brown rice to the pan when the chicken is done — they will soak up the tasty juices and add so well to this hearty, warming and comforting dinner.
Adding a starch or a salad, or both would complete this meal nicely.
A few recipes that would be delicious to serve with this Apple-Bacon Roasted Chicken Recipe:
- Grapefruit Avocado Salad
- Fried Meyer Lemon Caesar Salad
- Roasted Garlic Basil Brown Rice
- Meyer Lemon Thyme Spaghetti
- Dragon Tongue Bean Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrettte
- Creamy Parmesan-Garlic Quinoa
This recipe packed with flavor and it's a huge crowd pleaser. It's easy enough to prepare for a weeknight meal, and impressive enough for a weekend dinner party.
- 1 (approximately 6-pound) chicken
- 3 strips applewood smoked bacon
- 1 1/2 cups hard apple cider
- 1 large Fuji or Granny Smith apple, cored, cut into about 16 thin slicds
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Place a paper towel on a plate and set it aside.
In a medium-sized sauté pan, over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until it's crispy, about 3 minutes per side. Turn the heat off, remove the bacon, and place on the paper towel-lined plate to drain. With the heat still off, add the apple cider to the pan and let it sit for a few minutes.
Meanwhile, remove the insides of the chicken, rinse inside and out, and pat dry with paper towels. Place the chicken breast side up in a small roasting pan that's at least a few inches bigger than your chicken on all sides (approximately 9 X 13 X 2-inches should be perfect). Season the inside and outside of the chicken with salt and pepper and place the bacon strips inside the cavity, along with a few of the apple slices. Then pour the cider mixture over the chicken and place the remaining apple slices around the chicken in the pan.
Place the pan in the preheated 500 degree F oven and roast until the chicken is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove the chicken from the oven and reduce the heat to 350 degrees. Very carefully, use tongs to flip the chicken over so it's breast side down. Return the chicken to the oven and continue to roast until the internal temperature is 155 degrees F -- this should take about 1 hour. The final internal temperature will be about 165 degrees, as the chicken will continue to cook for several minutes outside of the oven. The juices should run clear and the legs should move easily when it's done.
Wait least 15 minutes before carving, to allow the juices to settle. Remove the bacon and apples from the cavity. Break the bacon into small, bite-sized pieces and serve it with the chicken and apples.
Strain the sauce, pour it into a small gravy pitcher, and season it to taste with salt and pepper. Pour this over the chicken, bacon and apples as you serve each portion, or over the sliced chicken on a large platter.
I highly recommend buying an organic chicken, as they typically have less fat and more flavor.