Roasted Spiced Chicken and Apples

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 25 min (includes chilling and standing times)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

One 3- to 4-pound chicken, patted dry

Kosher salt

2 tablespoons Baharat, recipe follows

1 small yellow onion, quartered

8 sprigs fresh thyme

4 sprigs fresh rosemary

4 Gala apples, cored and quartered 

1 teaspoon sugar

1 tablespoon olive oil

Splash of apple cider vinegar

Baharat:

1 tablespoon coriander seeds

1 tablespoon black pepper seeds

1 tablespoon cumin seeds

1 teaspoon whole cloves

1/2 teaspoon cardamom seeds

2 tablespoons sweet paprika

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Directions

  1. Place the chicken breast-side up in a 9-by-13-inch pan. Season inside and out with 2 1/2 teaspoons salt and the Baharat. Refrigerate, uncovered, for at least 1 hour and up to overnight; this will help the skin get crispy!
  2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  3. Stuff the cavity of the chicken with the onion, 4 sprigs of thyme and 2 sprigs of rosemary. Scatter the apples and remaining sprigs of thyme and rosemary around the chicken, sprinkle with the sugar and a pinch of salt and drizzle with the olive oil. Roast the chicken until the juices run clear and the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F, about 1 hour. Let the chicken sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Discard the herb sprigs. Add a splash of vinegar to the apples and toss to coat. Carve the chicken and serve with the apples on the side.

Baharat:

  1. In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast the coriander seeds, black pepper seeds, cumin seeds, cloves and cardamom seeds, stirring often, until fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a spice grinder and blend. Stir in the paprika, cinnamon and nutmeg.