Super Moist Bacon Roasted Chicken

Gail Herbest


I read some place that if you put strips of bacon over the top of a chicken before baking it would be very moist. So tonight I tried it.
The chicken was so good and extremely moist and juicy everyone enjoyed it.I placed a small cut up apple and a stalk of celery into the cavity, which gave it a wonderful taste.

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10 Min


1 Hr 45 Min


4 lb
whole chicken
1 tsp
old bay seasoning
1/2 tsp
dried thyme
1/2 tsp
herbes de provence
1 small
apple, cored but leave peeling on, cut into quarters
1 stick
celery, cut into 3-4 pieces
2 Tbsp
soft butter
4-6 slice
center cut bacon, the amount of slices depends on the size or the chicken
2 c
chicken broth

Directions Step-By-Step

preheat oven to 450 degrees
Rub chicken with the softened butter.
sprinkle the Old Bay, thyme, and herbes de provence evenly over chicken and rub in lightly. Place cut up celery and apple into the cavity of the chicken
lay bacon strips over the top of the chicken and secure with toothpicks.
Place chicken breast side up in roasting pan.
pour chicken broth into pan (do not pour over the bacon)
Roast for 15 minutes at 450 degrees and then lower oven temp to 350, continue to roast for about 1 1/2 hours or until meat thermometer is 180 degrees.
Baste every 20 minutes.
When done, remove bacon and toothpicks. You can eat the bacon if desired. Serve with your favorite vegetables. I did make a little gravy from the broth that is left over in the pan, it was not greasy and had good flavor

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken, Roasts