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Roast Chicken With Sweet Plum Sauce

serves 4-6

The sweet plum sauce can be found jarred in the Asian section at most supermarkets. It's sweet, sticky and highly addictive.

Read more about this recipe at Steamy Kitchen.


3-4 lb whole chicken
1/4 cup sweet plum sauce + 3 tbl to serve at table
1 head of garlic, halved
1 lemon, quartered
salt & pepper
3 tbl butter, softened


prep: 40 minutes
total: 2 hours


shallow baking pan
kitchen twine
digital, instant-read meat thermometer


1. Rinse chicken and cut away extra fat. Pat dry with paper towels inside and out. Place in shallow baking dish and rub softened butter all over chicken, tucking just a bit under the skin of breast. Season generously with salt and pepper outside and inside cavity. Stuff with garlic and lemon. Tie legs of the chicken together, set breast side down. Let sit 30 minutes at room temperature.

2. Preheat oven to 450F.

3. Roast chicken 20 minutes. Brush sweet plum sauce all over the chicken, turn breast side up, lower temperature to 375F and return to oven. Continue to roast another 60-65 minutes, brushing with additional sweet plum sauce and basting with pan juices every 15 minutes.

4. Chicken is done when juices run clear as knife tip is inserted into chicken thigh. Thickest part of thigh without touching bone should register 160F-170F. Let chicken rest 10 minutes before carving. Serve with a side of sweet plum sauce for dipping.

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