Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken

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Tastes great and looks good, too. Uses hot pepper jelly and butter as a basting sauce; this bird really is both sweet AND spicy! (Note: Watch the bird closely during baking; the sugar in the jelly makes it a beautiful rich, brown color but can also burn it! If the bird is browning too quickly, cover with an aluminum foil tent and continue baking. Test for doneness by cutting into the thigh or wiggling the leg to see if the bone moves easily.)

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Servings:
6
Yield:
4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (4 pound) whole chicken

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • ½ cup hot pepper jelly

  • 1 cup butter

Directions

  1. To Prepare Chicken: Remove giblets and set aside for another use. Rinse chicken in cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Pull front skin down over neck cavity and tuck under chicken. Fold wings under breast, and tie legs and tail together securely with kitchen twine or string.

  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  3. Place chicken on rack in roasting pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Melt jelly and 1/2 cup butter or margarine together in a small saucepan or in the microwave. Melt the remaining 1/2 cup butter or margarine separately.

  4. Bake chicken in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and baste with melted plain butter or margarine. Bake for another 30 minutes, basting often with the plain butter or margarine. Then baste liberally with the melted jelly/butter mixture and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

989 Calories
76g Fat
18g Carbs
57g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 989
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 76g 98%
Saturated Fat 33g 163%
Cholesterol 308mg 103%
Sodium 437mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 57g
Vitamin C 5mg 26%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 595mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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