Whole roasted chickens

Two Whole Roasted Chickens

A great alternative to turkey during the holidays is Two Whole Roasted Chickens. Spoil and impress your guests with a quick and easy but tasty recipe.
Course Main Course
Cuisine International
Keyword whole chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Calories 408 kcal


  • 2 whole fridge-cold chickens
  • 1.5 lbs baby red potatoes
  • 2-3 large sweet apples
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1/2-1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/4-1/3 cup maple syrup (amount will depend on sweetness of apples and how much you like cranberries)
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • fresh thyme


  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Wash and dry potatoes and apples, no need to peel either. Peel onions.
  3. Cut potatoes and apples and onions into 2" squares (remove apples' cores).
  4. Add all fruits and vegetables to the bottom of the roasting pan making sure they cover the whole bottom but only in one layer (as shown in photo above).
  5. Add salt, pepper, 1 Tbsp of olive oil and maple syrup to fruits and vegetables and mix well with your hands to make sure all are covered in marinade. Then redistribute again to form an even layer. Spread thinly cut up butter all over the place and place roast rack on top.
  6. Wash and paper towel dry chickens, hold over roasting pan and use your hands to cover each chicken with 1 Tbsp of olive oil while excess drips into roasting pan.
  7. Salt and pepper chickens generously all around and place on roasting rack, then add thyme all over the place.
  8. Place roasting pan with both chickens on the middle shelf in the oven, immediately reduce heat to 400F (<- VERY IMPORTANT!!) and roast for 20 minutes per pound (450g) plus an additional 20 minutes.
  9. Once out of the oven, let rest for at least 10 minutes before cutting into it.

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Recipe Notes


Nutrition Facts
Two Whole Roasted Chickens
Amount Per Serving
Calories 408 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 127mg6%
Potassium 524mg15%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 295IU6%
Vitamin C 15.1mg18%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.