Rosemary's Baby's Chicken

rosemary roasted chicken Rosemary's Baby (1968)

The movie "Rosemary’s Baby" was ahead of its time. It showed how modern day witches live among us. In 1968 people felt cheated, because you never saw the devil’s baby. I believe it was better left to people’s imagination. If they had shown some fake looking creature, it would have done damage to the film. The scene I will always remember is when poor Rosemary finally knows the people she trusted most, including her husband, are playing her. Director Roman Polanski is and was a very controversial man, but he showed his genius with this film.

No witches spell here, but our recipe for Rosemary’s Baby’s Chicken is bewitching! In the classic film "Rosemary’s Baby", the main character Rosemary (Mia Farrow), was meek, yet strong, a bit odd, yet beautiful. That’s our lady and the Rosemary herb. This chicken dish is just wonderful for Sunday dinner and a “reel” company pleaser.

1 whole chicken (at least 3 lbs) cleaned and removed of excess fat
1 ½ Tbls olive oil
1 ½ tsp season salt
1 ½ tsp lemon pepper
1 ½ tsp Emeril’s Essence seasoning
2 full sprigs of fresh Rosemary
2 Tbls liquid smoke
2 cups water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Use a roasting pan with a rack, add water and liquid smoke to the bottom of pan. Set aside. Place chicken on a plate and add olive oil in your hands, rub oil all over chicken, front and back. Add season salt, lemon pepper, and Essence seasoning to both sides and inside of chicken. Place chicken on rack in roaster pan. Add Rosemary to inside of chicken. Do not cover.

Bake for 2 hours 30 minutes, checking occasionally to make sure there is liquid in bottom of pan। If needed, add another cup of water to bottom of pan.

After 2 hours and 30 minutes, turn heat up to 400 and let brown for approximately 15 minutes. Remove from oven, let rest for 15 minutes.

Place chicken on a platter and remove Rosemary from inside of chicken and place on side of platter.

Serves 6.

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