Roast Chicken with Saffron and Lemon
Roast chicken is a classic dish all over the world. In this beautiful version from Spain, the bird is rubbed with musky, floral saffron and stuffed with lemons and fresh rosemary before being popped in the oven. Andre Baranowski
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When the temperature drops, roasted chicken becomes a staple in our homes. It’s such a comforting dish, and there’s something so satisfying about letting a chicken slowly cook in the oven on a cold day. Plus, a roast chicken can produce leftovers that will last several days, making it a great to make on the weekend and eat through the week. From Egyptian sumac-rubbed chicken to cheese-stuffed pollo relleno, we’ve rounded up our favorite roasted chicken recipes.

We love to roast chicken with seasonal flavors. For a comforting cold-weather dish, baste the chicken with a mix of maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and fresh rosemary. In the spring, rub your chicken with crushed dried morels and serve with asparagus.

Assertive spice rubs are a great way to add flavor to roasted chicken. Sumac is a bracing herb that gives a pungent, floral note to Egyptian grilled chicken, while musky saffron gives the bird some Spanish flair. Paprika adds not only flavor but a beautiful color to roast chicken on a bed of vegetables.

Whole roast chicken is impressive, but you can also break the bird down prior to cooking. Chicken savoy is a treasured dish of roasted chicken pieces from Belleville, New Jersey’s Belmont Tavern. The recipe is a secret, but we think we get close with pecorino cheese, garlic, oregano, and thyme.

Find all of these dishes and more in our collection of roasted chicken recipes.

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Sumac Roast Chicken with Lemon and Garlic

Egyptians love tart flavors like the bracing, floral herb sumac, which is rubbed all over this juicy chicken. Get the recipe for Sumac Roast Chicken with Lemon and Garlic »
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Red Roast Chicken with Lemon and Garlic

Red Roast Chicken with Lemon and Garlic
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Roasted Morel-Rubbed Chicken with Charred Lemon, Asparagus, and Potatoes

In this recipe, dried morels are pulverized and rubbed onto the chicken before roasting to perfume the bird and help produce evenly browned skin.
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Roast Chicken with Saffron and Lemon

Roast chicken is a classic dish all over the world. In this beautiful version from Spain, the bird is rubbed with musky, floral saffron and stuffed with lemons and fresh rosemary before being popped in the oven.
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Roast Chicken with Sumac Flatbread

Tart sumac balances sweet caramelized onions in a roast chicken and flatbread dish traditionally baked in a wood-fired oven called a taboon.
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Rosemary-Maple Roast Chicken

Cookbook author Leah Koenig bastes roast chicken with a mix of maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and fresh rosemary for a flavorful take on a classic. It makes a lovely centerpiece on Passover, or any night of the year. This recipe is from her forthcoming book, Modern Jewish Cooking (Chronicle, 2015).
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Chicken Stuffed with Manchego, Mushrooms, and Spinach (Pollo Relleno)

Creamy Manchego fresco cheese melts gloriously in this stuffed roast chicken dish from Mexico City home cook Susana Rangel Gutierrez.
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Lemon and Rosemary Chicken (Pollo Arrosto)

Garlic, lemon, and rosemary enhance simple, juicy roast chicken.
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Apricot and Currant Chicken

The apricots and currants used in this dish add just the right amount of sweetness. Get the recipe for Apricot and Currant Chicken »
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Stretch’s Chicken Savoy

Walk into the Belmont Tavern, and the intoxicating smell of this dish—roasted chicken laced with garlic, herbs, and red wine vinegar—hits you immediately. We tried to get the recipe from several staffers but gave up after chef-owner Annette Wroblewski said, “If I tell you, then we’d have to kill you on your way out the door.” We think our version is pretty close.

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