Looking for the most incredibly juicy and tasty roasted chicken? My mom's amazing recipe is here to save the day. Pop all the ingredients in a pot, marinate the chicken overnight to infuse the flavors, and this juicy Whole Roasted Chicken with Dried Fruit and Red Wine is on the table with ease.
Why this Recipe Works
The element of this recipe that produces the succulent, flavorful chicken is the red wine and dried fruit marinade. The acidity of the wine mixed with the herbs and the variety of fruit; raisins, cranberries, and prunes infuse and penetrate flavor into the chicken over the marination period and produces a great taste on the chicken as well as juicy chicken inside.
Putting the herbs under the skin of the chicken instead of over the skin adds another depth of flavor to the dish. Because the chicken is marinated in liquid, it helps keeps the herbs in place.
The roasted fruits reduce down to a soft, pulpy layer that can be served over the top of a chicken, as the juices provide a great sweet sauce to contrast with the more savory herbs.
Ingredients & Substitutions
chicken - this recipe works best with chickens 4+ pounds. It doesn't work as well for chickens less than 4 pounds because the onions and garlic need a bit longer to cook.
onions - you can use pearl or cipollini onions in this recipe.
herbes de Provence - herbes de Provence is a spice blend combining rosemary, thyme, oregano, and other Provencal herbs like lavender. If you cannot find it, you can substitute with a mix of dried rosemary, thyme, and oregano.
wine - use a not-so-sweet red wine you would drink, because the dried fruit already brings a ton of sweetness to the dish and the flavor of the wine infuses into the chicken and sauce.
How to Make this Recipe
Season the chicken with the turmeric, herbes de provence, red pepper flakes, and salt. Get it under the skin.
Add the rest of the ingredients to a dish. I like to use the dish I plan to roast the chicken in. Mix them together, and add the chicken. Marinade 2 hours-overnight in the refrigerator, flipping the chicken halfway through.
Take the chicken out of the refrigerator so it can come to room temperature while you preheat the oven to 375F. Roast for 75-90 minutes until the internal temperature registers 165F with an instant-read thermometer.
Note: The USDA recommends 165F internal temperature for chicken. I take the chicken out of the oven around 160F and rest it for up to 10 minutes to get up to USDA’s end temperature of 165F. It does continue to cook slightly once removed from the oven.
Whole Roasted Chicken FAQs
The difference is temperature. You roast at higher temperatures (400F and up) and baking is at lower temperatures. However, the words tend to be used interchangeably.
It depends on the size of the chicken. Larger birds need to be covered for the first 30 minutes of cooking because cooking it uncovered will cause the skin to brown before the chicken is cooked. Smaller birds can be cooked without covering.
The rule of thumb for roasting a whole chicken is 20 minutes per pound. However, it is a good practice to check for done-ness with an instant-read thermometer. The chicken when it reaches 165F.
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Whole Roasted Chicken with Dried Fruit and Red Wine
- 1 whole chicken
- ¼ cup raisins
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup prunes pitted
- 5 dates pitted
- 6 cloves garlic peeled
- ¾ lb. cipollini onions or pearl, peeled and large ones cut in halves or quarters
- ½ tsp. ground turmeric
- 1 tablespoon herbes de Provence
- ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ½ cup stock/broth
- 1-2 cups dry red wine depending on the size of your pot/pan. A snug fitting chicken should only use 1 cup and a larger pan will need 2 cups.
- ¼ cup canola oil
- Season the chicken with the turmeric, herbes de provence, red pepper flakes, and salt. Get it under the skin.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to a dish. Mix. Add the chicken. Marinade 2 hours-overnight.
- Take the chicken out of the refrigerator so it can come to room temperature while you preheat the oven to 375F.
- Roast for 75-90 minutes until the internal temperature registers 165F with an instant-read thermometer*.
This post was originally published in May of 2017 but was republished with new photos, step by step instructions, FAQs, and tips in November of 2020.