My grandmother's recipe for roasted chicken. We are German and she used to do it this way all the time. I never have had a chicken this juicy before; this little trick works and makes the people eating it go silent. It's funny. We nibble on the celery after.

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Ingredients

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

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Place chicken in a roasting pan, and season generously inside and out with salt and pepper. Sprinkle inside and out with onion powder. Place 3 tablespoons margarine in the chicken cavity. Arrange dollops of the remaining margarine around the chicken's exterior. Cut the celery into 3 or 4 pieces, and place in the chicken cavity.

  • Bake uncovered 1 hour and 15 minutes in the preheated oven, to a minimum internal temperature of 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Remove from heat, and baste with melted margarine and drippings. Cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest about 30 minutes before serving.

Partner Tip

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

Nutrition Facts

423 calories; 32.1 g total fat; 97 mg cholesterol; 662 mg sodium. 1.2 g carbohydrates; 30.9 g protein; Full Nutrition


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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2008
OK - if you are like me you will look at the ingredients and instructions for this receipe and say to yourself "Jeez people what is the big deal?" Well- don't do it. I chose this receipe simply because I had a whole chicken not a lot of time and needed to cook it. I have NO idea why the combination of these ingredients or this cooking method (I followed it EXACTLY as written but used real butter) yields such a wonderfully TASTY bird...but it does! If you don't try this you're missing out. If you do try this I venture to say that you will be very pleasantly surprised! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/09/2011
I am NOT a cook by any means and based on everyone's reviews this looked like an easy recipe. i followed it exactly except that i put thin carrot slices in with the celery. It was completely undercooked (even after leaving it covered for 30 min.) It was a normal 4.5 lb chicken recipe calls for a 3-lb chicken. I had to cook it covered an additional 35 MINUTES for it not to be pink inside. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2008
OK - if you are like me you will look at the ingredients and instructions for this receipe and say to yourself "Jeez people what is the big deal?" Well- don't do it. I chose this receipe simply because I had a whole chicken not a lot of time and needed to cook it. I have NO idea why the combination of these ingredients or this cooking method (I followed it EXACTLY as written but used real butter) yields such a wonderfully TASTY bird...but it does! If you don't try this you're missing out. If you do try this I venture to say that you will be very pleasantly surprised! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2008
O.k. Back again - I entered a chicken cook off and used your recipe. Didnt change anything on the recipe. i won first prize out of about 50 entries. I got a nice plaque and trophy a little prize money. Best part was the honor of it all. just wanted you to know your recipe is BLUE RIBBON!!!! congrats Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2015
one bad review listed for my grandma's recipe says the recipe calls for too much butter. the recipe has no butter in it. I have tried this recipe with promise lite spread and it came out juicy as ever. Recipe calls for margarine and I am happy to say low fat or lite works just as good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2008
I used the advice that the reviewer on the recipe page said: Use in combination with Moist Garlic Chicken. I sliced 8 garlic cloves and put in cavity under skin and on top YUM! I also sliced 2 small lemons and put one in cavity and the other on top. Put 1/4 cup butter in cavity and 1/4 cup sliced butter on top. Put cut celery in cavity and then salt/peppered all over. Roasted for 2 hours - turned out perfect. The GRAVY was AWESOME!! Some flour with the oils then chicken broth and all the browned bits from the pan and juices from carving. This was my first roast chicken. Will make over and over!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2006
I used a combination of 2 recipies from this site. This one and "Moist Garlic Roasted Chicken". It turned out perfectly. For my seasoning I used garlic powder (instead of onion) and lots of salt and pepper both on the outside and in the cavity. Next time I will probably add some rosemary. The other recipe called for stuffing the cavity with lemon slices and garlic gloves. The flavours were great and it turned out really juicy. Thank you for this recipe:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2009
I beg you to try this one as written! Don't be one of those fools who write what a delicious recipe! Then they proceed to tell you about the 1oo herbs and spices they added to this recipe. LIke I always say - if ya change the recipe that is nice - probably delicious - but it aint't the same recipe no more. This one is delicious - keep your hands off! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2008
My family and i absolutely love this recipe!We have made it 7 times and it has never failed us! We added a some garlic powder the second time and it made the worlds diff. My family and i arent big on white meat but when we make this recipe no one knows witch is witch! I most definetely would recommend this recipe to anyone!We also added rosemarry onions onion powder mushrooms and celery and came out even better! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2010
why is it that people give less than five stars on a wonderful recipe when they don't even cook it as it was written? at least try it the way it was written before you make changes and if your changes don't work out how is that the fault of the original recipe? this is a wonderful recipe the way it was written maybe you should try it that way. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2007
best chicken I ever had so juicy. My sister-in-law literally sucked the meat right off the chicken. Thanks for the wonderful recipe. Also I was out of the onion powder and so I used garlic powder instead I also lifted the skin on the breasts and massaged some butter under it makes the skin crispy. Yumm. Read More
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