How to make it

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  • Mix together molasses, oil, salt, black pepper, and garlic in a small bowl.
  • Smear the inside of the chicken's cavity with ~1/3 of the mixture.
  • Stuff the cavity with the fresh herbs. Smear the outside of the chicken with the remaining mixture. Truss the chicken, if desired.
  • Roast the chicken until the temperature in the thickest part of the thigh reads 165 degrees F. For a small fryer start checking temperature after 45 minutes.
  • Allow chicken to rest 10-15 minutes before carving.
  • Enjoy that mahogany skin!
  • *I've used roasters (5-7 lb chickens) and broilers/fryers (2-1/2 to 5 pounds) with this recipe. Both work well, but when I want to use my rotisserie I'm stuck with the fryers because nothing else will fit. Of course cooking time will vary depending on the size of your bird.

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  • NPMarie 4 years ago
    Frankieanne's IMI review:
    Roast Chicken
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    doubled ate it and said...
    Nice post. It's on my to do list...SOON. ^5
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    strlslvr ate it and said...
    I just got a roaster and this is my next "project" as the fall temperatures arrive. I think it's a 5 fork wonder ~ love molasses!! Tx
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    frankieanne ate it and said...
    I made this last night. My chicken was 5.6 pounds, though, so it had to cook for a bit over two hours. Some of the skin burned a bit but it was still good. I think this would be super good on a smaller chicken. Mine was just a bit too big. At 1.5 hours, it looked perfect on the outside. Thank you!
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    jencathen ate it and said...
    This sounds really good!
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    lunasea ate it and said...
    I made this last night and it turned out fantastic, Maggie. I don't have a rotisserie, so I oven-roasted it...but the color and flavor was outstanding. Thanks again! Hope you have a great day... Vickie
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  • neena51 10 years ago
    This looks delicious! thanks!
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  • bakermel 10 years ago
    Sounds really good!!! Thanks!!! :)
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  • tinadc 10 years ago
    I am going to a BBQ on Sunday and this sounds as if could work. Thanx for the unusual twist - molasses!

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    robertg ate it and said...
    Love it!!love it!! couldn't be any better, A super great post,you deserve the high 5...Bob
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    lunasea ate it and said...
    Wow - I love the way that chicken looks. I am going to try this out this weekend...I bet the flavor is phenomenal. Thanks so much...I'll report back!
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  • unswissmiss 10 years ago
    I've never thought to use molasses on chicken, though I've quite often used honey. Looks amazing - will give it a try soon!
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    pleclare ate it and said...
    This looks fantastic....Thanks!
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    frankieanne ate it and said...
    I've never seen molasses as an ingredient for roast chicken! I'm saving this to try. Thank you!
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    craners ate it and said...
    I know the skin is the worst part for you health wise but I love it too..great recipe.
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