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Quick Pesto Roasted Chicken

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Easy Pesto Roasted Chicken

Easy Pesto Roasted Chicken

Diana Rattray
This is a quick and flavorful roasted chicken to prepare for any meal. Prepared pesto makes it easy and tasty. Here's a larger photo.

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes


  • 1 broiler or roasting chicken, about 4 to 5 pounds
  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto
  • fresh basil leaves or 1 teaspoon dried leaf basil and cut up lemon and/or orange, for cavity, optional
  • salt and pepper


Heat oven to 425°.

Wash chicken and pat dry. With your fingers, separate the skin from the meat around the breast and legs. Push small amounts of pesto under the skin, using about 1/4 cup. Rub a little pesto over the skin and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. If desired, fill the cavity with cut-up lemon and orange, along with fresh basil leaves or about 1 teaspoon of dried basil.

Roast for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350°. Continue roasting for about 18 to 20 minutes per pound, or to about 165° on a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest meaty part of the thigh.

Serves 4.

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 3 out of 5
A satisfying dinner, Member kmody

Despite her unfortunately unappetizing last name, Ms. Rattray certainly provides an excellent recipe. Though I only followed parts of the recipe Ms. Rattray recommends, I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner tonight.

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