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Balsamic Roast Chicken Recipe

Balsamic Roast Chicken Recipe

“When the aroma from this dish fills your house, your family will think you spent all day cooking.” But this elegant, Sunday-special entree, flavored with rosemary, wine and balsamic vinegar, is surprisingly simple to make. —Tracy Tylkowski, Omaha, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 2 hours + standing YIELD:12 servings


  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary or 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 medium red onions, chopped
  • 1 roasting chicken (6 to 7 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Mix rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper. Place onions in a roasting pan; place chicken over onions, breast side up.
  • 2. Pat chicken dry. With fingers, carefully loosen skin from chicken; rub rosemary mixture under the skin. Secure skin to underside of breast with toothpicks. Tuck wings under chicken; tie drumsticks together.
  • 3. Mix wine and vinegar; pour over chicken. Roast 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°. (Cover loosely with foil if chicken browns too quickly.)
  • 4. Remove chicken from oven; tent with foil. Let stand 15 minutes before carving. Transfer onion and pan drippings to a small bowl; skim fat. Remove and discard skin from chicken before serving. Serve with onion sauce. Yield: 12 servings (1-1/2 cups onion sauce).

Nutritional Facts

3 ounces cooked chicken with 2 tablespoons onion sauce equals 182 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 77 mg cholesterol, 275 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 25 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 4 lean meat.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.