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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.

Recipe Summary

10 mins
1 hr 15 mins
15 mins
1 hr 40 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • 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 chicken uncovered in the preheated oven until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone, should read 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.


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Nutrition Facts

423 calories; protein 30.9g; carbohydrates 1.2g; fat 32.1g; cholesterol 97mg; sodium 661.9mg. Full Nutrition