Organic Free-Range Rosemary Roasted Chicken with Spelt Bread Stuffing

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Organic Free-Range Rosemary Roasted Chicken with Spelt Bread Stuffing
Yield: 4 servings

Organic Free-Range Rosemary Roasted Chicken with Spelt Bread Stuffing

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours

This chicken works well simply roasted, either stuffed with an bread mixture or a halved lemon inserted into the cavity.

Ingredients

  • 1 5 lb organic free range chicken
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 head garlic, thinly sliced
  • 5 leaves sprigs fresh rosemary, removed and twigs discarded
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp coarse ground black pepper

Stuffing

  • 10 pieces spelt bread, chopped into 1-inch
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 cup black currents
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup organic chicken broth
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Set the rack to the medium setting.
  2. Remove any gizzards from the chicken and rinse out the cavity under running cold water. Place the chicken in a roasting pan, breast-side up. Make slits in the skin above the breasts and legs and insert the onion and garlic and 1 pinch of rosemary in each.
  3. Toss together the ingredients for the stuffing, ensuring the oil and seasonings are evenly distributed.
  4. Drizzle the olive oil on top evenly. Sprinkle the rosemary, lemon zest, black pepper and salt, to taste, on top. Insert the prepared stuffing into the cavity.
  5. Cover the chicken with tinfoil or a lid that fits the roasting pan and insert into the oven. Cook for 1 hour for every 5 pounds. Remove the tinfoil and continue to roast until the chicken is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove when a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Remove from the oven, tent with foil, and allow to rest for 10 minutes before cutting.

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  • Samantha Lowe

    Based in Kingston, Canada, Samantha Lowe has been writing for publication since 2006. She records her culinary and globe-trotting experiences online at www.samanthalowe.com/blog. A love of photography and cooking fuels this writing, with the end result usually enticing friends and acquaintances to 'loosen their belts'.

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