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Juicy Roasted Chicken

Posted: January 25

Time: 2 hours

Yield: 6 servings

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Some chicken dishes use the chicken as a foundation for other flavors and ingredients. But other times, you just want to appreciate the savory, tender taste of chicken, pure and simple. Juicy Roasted Chicken has just enough seasoning and melted margarine to bring out the best in the meat. With crispy skin and meat just as juicy as the name says, Juicy Roasted Chicken is an amazing centerpiece for a weekend feast, one that you can’t wait to carve into once its on the table.


1 (3 pound) whole chicken, giblets removed
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon onion powder, or to taste
1/2 cup margarine, divided
1 stalk celery, leaves removed and chopped into 3-4 pieces each.


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

Put the chicken into a roasting pan, and then season it generously both inside and outside with salt and pepper.

Step 3

Lightly sprinkle the chicken with the onion powder.

Step 4

Put about 3 tablespoons of the margarine on the inside of the chicken.

Step 5

Arrange dollops of the rest of the margarine across the chicken, including under the skin.

Step 6

Put the celery into the chicken.

Step 7

Bake the chicken, uncovered, for about an hour and 15 minutes in the oven, to a minimum temperature of 165 degrees F at its thickest part.

Step 8

Remove the chicken from the oven and baste it with the melted margarine at the bottom of the roasting pan.

Step 9

Cover the chicken with foil, and let it rest for about 30 minutes before serving.

Step 10

Serve warm.

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