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.)

Angie
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

988 calories; 76.3 g total fat; 308 mg cholesterol; 437 mg sodium. 17.5 g carbohydrates; 56.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (22)

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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2003
Excellent! I used cut up chicken pieces rather than a whole chicken and it was delicious. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/23/2003
I don't know what it was. Was it the unenthusiastic response from Husbot over the use of jelly on the meat? Was it that all the glaze and melted butter ended up on the bottom of the pan and not much stayed on the chicken? We really don't eat the chicken skin anyway although Husbot tried it. He said it was nothing to write home about. He also said that we could bake a chicken without the jelly or the butter and it would taste the same. Also I don't think I cooked it long enough although I left it in longer than the recipe stated. We used the meat part of the chicken (as opposed to the skin part) for quesadillas a couple of nights later and that was good. Maybe this would be a good recipe for people who eat the skin? Read More
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25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
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  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2003
Excellent! I used cut up chicken pieces rather than a whole chicken and it was delicious. Read More
(54)
Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2003
Excellent! I used cut up chicken pieces rather than a whole chicken and it was delicious. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/23/2003
I don't know what it was. Was it the unenthusiastic response from Husbot over the use of jelly on the meat? Was it that all the glaze and melted butter ended up on the bottom of the pan and not much stayed on the chicken? We really don't eat the chicken skin anyway although Husbot tried it. He said it was nothing to write home about. He also said that we could bake a chicken without the jelly or the butter and it would taste the same. Also I don't think I cooked it long enough although I left it in longer than the recipe stated. We used the meat part of the chicken (as opposed to the skin part) for quesadillas a couple of nights later and that was good. Maybe this would be a good recipe for people who eat the skin? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2009
this was great but i changed up how i cooked it. instead of a whole chicken i used cut-up chicken breast and cooked it in a skillet. when it was done i then put the jelly and butter in but i only used a little more than half a cup of butter i let it boil down in the skillet until the meat had a glossy finish on it and then served it over asian style (stir fry) veggies it was awesome! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/23/2008
I just canned some homade pepper jelly last week and then found this recipe. I whipped up some more jelly just for this recipe. Thanks I wasn't sure how it would taste but it was great. And to the reviewer having problems.Its a basting thing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2008
Great and easy just how I like it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2008
Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2009
Quick and so easy I changed it a little... I used chicken tenders (breast) that were skinned & boneless. I put them in a pampered chef baker and poured jelly over chicken and cubed butter. Covered and baked for an hour 1/2. Took cover off to brown for the last 10 minutes or so. My family loved it! Tender and the sauce cooked right into the meat! Yummy thank you:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/09/2004
Very Good. Did it with leg only. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/10/2008
For some reason I thought this would taste more spicy and better than it did. My husband and I liked it very much and I have written on the recipe that next time I make your recipe that I will double the sauce. I'd like to thank you for posting this recipe. It tasted very good. Read More
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