Rosemary Apple Chicken


Every Friday night, I roast a chicken. My children are willing to consume any chicken dish as long as it contains fruit. Such is our unspoken agreement.

This past week, I used apples to lure my children to their protein dish. The combination of rosemary with apples was a natural pairing and the balsamic vinegar, which caramelized during roasting, sweetly permeated the entire chicken.

As I served this up to my family and asked how they liked it, my younger son exclaimed, “Mommy, it’s AMAZING!” Needless to say, I’m quite happy with the outcome of this little experiment, which yielded good results on the very first try.

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  1. Rinse the chicken, pat dry with a paper towel and place in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish
  2. Drizzle with oil and vinegar, then sprinkle with salt
  3. Arrange the apples around the chicken in the baking dish
  4. Place the sprigs of rosemary under the chicken
  5. Bake at 350°F for 90 minutes, until browned on the outside
  6. Serve

This delicious fruited chicken dish is great for guests, providing warm soft apples as comfort food along with a good dose of protein – all in one dinner.

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71 responses to “Rosemary Apple Chicken”

  1. I also roast a chicken once a week. My kids like the stuffing and their favorite is pretty simple. I chop up three slices of brown bread, mix a raw egg in with the bread in a bowl, then mix with blueberries, chopped dried apricot, thyme and chives and one red onion. They love it.

  2. I just happened onto your website via a facebook post. I LOVE LOVE LOVE you website and and signed up for your newsletter. I’m going to order the Almond flour cookbook. Thank you so much for creating such a great website with tons of information.

  3. I am new to Paleo and Im trying out new dishes. I am trying the rosemary apple chicken but am using chicken breasts and putting it in the crock pot. Im not adding apples till the end. Will let you know how it comes out.


    • Ok, It came out good. I do think it would be juicier with a whole chicken. I am using the left overs in a salad tomorrow.
      Sleep tight everyone

      • Liz,

        The one importance to this recipe is the skin. When you cook a whole chicken (or chicken thigh), the skin keeps the chicken moist and flavorful. Its also a way to keep your ingredients in place. Like other have said, the pull the skin away from the meat and place the herbs in there. That was it infuses the chicken and it turns out AMAZING!

  4. Made it last night for my friends- they were impressed!! Thanks for sharing your amazing, healthy and simple recipes :)!!

  5. Hey Elana,

    This is my second time preparing this recipe. The first time I prepared it as per instructions listed, but the end result lacked the rosemary flavor I was looking for albeit the roasted chicken itself was FANTASTIC!!!!

    Tonight I did something differently. I measured out 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 4-5 sprigs of Rosemary (de-sprigged, using only the leaves), 1 tablespoon salt, and threw it all into a blender. What I got was a lovely but thick sauce with a very pleasant aroma; It was almost like the consistency of a balsamic vinaigrette ! Then I rubbed the chicken down under and over the skin and off it went into the oven.

    I’ll let you know how it turns out.


  6. Super Yum! My house just smelled like it was welcoming Fall with this recipe. I added some onions quartered and some tri-color carrots! The carrots didn’t get mushy and the onions were a nice addition!Thanks.

  7. I made this last night. Substituted the grape seed oil for olive oil, and the balsamic vinegar for apple cider vinegar. I made it in a Nu Wave (50 minutes). It was absolutely amazing! The apples should have gone in about halfway through, though. Added a sweet potato to the dinner.

  8. Any suggestions in regards to this recipe being conducted in a crock-pot? I have too many things going on with work and civic activities to leave my oven on when I’m not home… don’t mind leaving my crock pot on though when I’m gone. Don’t have enough experience to know what to adjust or if this is the right recipe for my desired method. Thanks for all the inspiration your website provides me and for any suggestions you can offer. Thanks again Elana!

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