Whole Roasted Chicken with Apples


Inspired by ciaochowbambina.com

The lovely aroma that fills your home when you make this dish is unforgettable and so comforting.


  • 1 five-pound roasting chicken
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • I Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 apple, quartered
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped, divided
  • 10 or 11 small RubyFrost apples, cored, leave whole
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 6 leaves fresh sage
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 fresh limes, cut into wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Open oven and place an empty cast iron skillet on the top rack.
  2. Meanwhile, remove the giblets and rinse the chicken inside and out. Pat chicken dry with paper towels.
  3. Season inside and out with salt, pepper, and minced garlic. Place 1 quartered apple, half of the chopped onion, and half the herbs in the cavity of the chicken.
  4. Once the oven is heated, carefully remove pan with oven-safe mitt, and drizzle 1 Tbsp olive oil in pan.
  5. Place the remaining chopped onion in the bottom of the pan. Put the prepared chicken on top of the onions and add the remaining whole apples and herbs around it.
  6. Brush the remaining olive oil and melted butter on the chicken.
  7. Roast for approximately 1.5 hours until juices run clear and the internal temperature is 165F.
  8. When chicken is ready to serve, place fresh lime wedges in between apples.