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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 (skin removed) with 2 tablespoons sauce: 182 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 275mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat.

Reviews for Balsamic Roast Chicken

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parksville User ID: 1598935 225919
Reviewed May. 5, 2015

"I used a 4-1/2 lb chicken and made it as is except for cooking it in an oven bag. It came out very moist and was done in 1-3/4 hours. The next time I would cut back on the balsamic vinegar a bit and not use so much red onion. I thickened the sauce w/ cornstarch and added more low sodium chicken broth. It was tastier the next day and I would make again."

Gramma Amy User ID: 6989823 113724
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

"Very tasty. The balsamic gives the broth a wonderful flavor, and the chicken was moist. I chose to add potatoes and carrots to the broth, around the chicken in the roasting pan. Turned out great... meal & sides all in one pot."

nolagyrl User ID: 4849313 192782
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"Delicious. I used brandy (because that was all I had) with the balsamic vinegar and it was wonderful. I think a hearty Burgundy would be even better. Have added to my "Company's Coming" cookbook."

Hannah0418 User ID: 1795891 130672
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2013

"AMAZING! Turned out beautifully . Very tasty ."

Rainey18 User ID: 6360556 192573
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2013

"This roast chicken is the best we had ever eaten. The chicken is very tasty and the onion gravy is so delish. my families can't stop raving about it. Thank you Tracy for sharing it."

joycerm53 User ID: 703299 130669
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2013

"This is the best and is so easy! A new family favorite. Made exactly as written and everyone loved it!"

SuSey22 User ID: 1214956 122973
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2013

"perfect Sunday dinner, the sauce is perfectly balanced,I also added halved potatoes, and carrots..a new comfort food for our family!"

Michellefilliter User ID: 7098430 211956
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"chicken i used was only 2 lbs. I would have to adjust cooking times next time. Despite this the chicken turned out delicious. Can't wait to try it again. Highly recommend this recipe for everyone."

daberdo57 User ID: 7142209 107543
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2013

"I made this for first time tonight. We just LOVE IT! So simple, not a lot of ingredients. Taste so yummy! I made it exactly with the exception I had a red bell pepper that needed using. So I added the bell pepper with the onion. Then about an hour before it was done, I added in some baking potatoes cut in half. Then half hour later I added some frozen, crinkle cut carrots. On using the wine or the broth, I did half and half. I will certainly make this again! Thanks for posting it!"

ekatiakarpova User ID: 6312133 179845
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2013

"Wow! The cooked sauce reminds a lot apple sauce. So Tasty!"

s_pants User ID: 174050 191487
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2012

"I used Madeira wine instead of chicken broth or red wine because that is what I had on hand. Thought this was very flavorful especially with the onion sauce. Will definitely make again!"

bethhubers User ID: 6445555 130668
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"I made it for the first time tonight! It won't be my last time ether! I used chicken stock instead of the chicken broth. I baked it for 2 1/2 hours!"

oldfuddie User ID: 6384989 179843
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"never changed A thing it was Wonderful"

ValerieMS User ID: 4364700 148086
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"I prepared this for the first time yesterday. I used sweet onion in place of the red onion. Otherwise, I followed the recipe. My family loved it!"

anuki86 User ID: 5731113 175255
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2011

"Since I tried this recipe It became a family favorite. Very delicious. Thanks for sharing:)"

MommyLyon User ID: 5760354 113723
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2011

"Excellent! Perfect for my family"

rhalpratt User ID: 4528374 111392
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2011

"I've made this recipe twice now & I must say it is one that we will make over & over.

The first time I made it with the whole roasting chicken, it was fabulous, yummy, deslish, even though I didn't have the amount of onions it called for. Hubby loved it, kids loved it.
Tonight I made it with boneless skinless breasts. I added a tiny bit of EVOO to the herb mixture before smearing it on the chicken that I punctured first so some of the herbs would go in the meat. They were moist & tender. I used a combo of 1/2 large yellow onion & 1 medium red onion, I didn't have wine or broth, so I sub'd apple juice."

Carol39110 User ID: 1932804 121008
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"I marinated mine overnight and the herb mix under the skin was fabulous."

cdh9380 User ID: 5735768 113721
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2011

"Good easy recipe. If you want a crispier skin, adjust cooking time to 15 minutes on 450 degrees. Then lower to 350 degrees and cook 20 minutes per pound."

bouncygirl User ID: 5561339 111380
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2010

"this chicken was great it was so juicey and delicious the whole family loved it and its hard to find something they all like"

JLGCdrama User ID: 5517981 190356
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"Excellent as is!"

stinson.whitney User ID: 4831042 189106
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"Add some butter beneath the skin of the chicken on the breasts to get juicer white meat."

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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