Simple Sunday Dinner

So good you won’t miss the gravy.

Turn on the AC and make this Sunday. Or just turn on the oven and stay out of the kitchen.

Take a four- to five-pound chicken, rub it down with about a third cup of pesto, getting under the breast skin and inside the cavity. Add about three chopped apples to the roasting pan, with a little bit of wine or broth, and bake in an oven at 365 degrees until done. (A digital thermometer should register 165 at the breast, which should take around 15 minutes a pound.)

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27 Responses to Simple Sunday Dinner

  1. A_Boleyn says:

    It’s nice to see a classic roast chicken like this though the pesto does bring a new taste to the dish.

  2. TasteFood says:

    So nice with pesto. Luckily it’s not too hot here to make in the oven.

  3. What a tasty idea to use pesto for the rub…totally makes sense and love the use of the apples with it…yum!

  4. Ooh, I love it when you’re bossy. 😉 This looks superb, guys..

  5. Sounds good, but apples are not in season yet.

  6. Sandra says:

    Can’t wait to try this. Looks like a great combination.

  7. Nice idea. I think the Greeks like to roast fruit with poultry. Good combination.

  8. Eva Taylor says:

    I’ll definitely bookmark for a cooler day; it’s difficult enough keeping the house cool without turning on the oven! I usually add lemons to the cavity, but the apples ate a lovely alternative. And running down with pesto sounds divine.

  9. Looks good to be without gravy. I would just add wine.

  10. Mad Dog says:

    The addition of pesto sounds wonderful!

  11. I just may do this one!! We’ve got a new “man” sized barbecue and I think I could stuff it with the apples and hang it on a rotisserie skewer… would it work out that way around??

  12. ChgoJohn says:

    I’ve done the pesto thing but not the apples. That pic sold me on the idea. Another great recipe, Greg.

  13. Love the apples; Hubby usually does citrus in the cavity. Bet I could get him to change it! 🙂

  14. No gravy? Oh, my. Make sure the Arkansan neighbors don’t see!

  15. Kristy says:

    Pesto is one of Mr. N’s favorite things! Chicken too. Perfect!

  16. Maureen says:

    I love roast chicken on a Sunday. It’s so traditional not to mention delicious.

  17. Ooo… I love the addition of apples. But no gravy, really? Surely it could only make it better again!

  18. True true. I’ve been known to (frequently) eat leftover gravy straight after a roast so I think I have unhealthy relationship with the sauce. It does look lovely and tender!

  19. spree says:

    Wouldn’t have thought of the apples – but leave it to YOU! What juicy deliciousness!

  20. Carolyn Chan says:

    Apple gravy with roast chicken ? Yes please sir, may I ! Another great combo !

  21. refinedchef says:

    My favorite meal of the year! so good and is a healthy alternative to doing a beef roast. If you don’t want to crank up the ac and enjoy cooking out doors you could also BBQ your incredible bird! thanks for sharing!

  22. egg me on says:

    Haha. Okay. Now I feel silly for leaving that whole “hot kitchen with the oven on” comment under your roasted tomato & pepper pasta, because you clearly understand the problems of a hot kitchen during the middle of summer. Sorry. But what a great chicken recipe!

  23. billpeeler says:

    Roasted chicken is one of my favorites – this looks soooo good!

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