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Sweet honey, peppery cilantro, and tangy goat cheese lend their distinctive flavors to the tender chicken in this bright and savory entrée. Roasted jalapeno peppers provide a smoky and spicy kick that balances the dish perfectly. Serve with roasted baby red potatoes and a fresh green salad dressed in a lemon and honey vinaigrette.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr 10 mins
10 mins
1 hr 35 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In medium bowl combine cheese and cilantro; set aside. Remove the neck and giblets, if present, from chicken. One side at a time, slip your fingers between skin and meat to loosen skin. Once your entire hand is under the skin, free skin around thigh and leg area. Rub cheese mixture under the skin of each chicken.

  • Brush chickens with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place 2 garlic cloves and half a lemon in cavities of each chicken. Fold under neck skin and skewer to back; tie legs to tail. Place, breast side up, on rack in shallow roasting pan. If desired, insert meat thermometer into center of inside thigh muscle. Add jalapeño peppers to roasting pan.

  • Roast, uncovered, for 60 minutes, spooning juices over chicken occasionally. Combine honey and crushed red pepper. Brush on chicken. Roast 10 to 15 minutes longer or until drumsticks move easily in sockets and chicken is no longer pink (180 degrees F). Remove chicken from oven. Brush with any remaining honey mixture. Cover; let stand 10 minutes. Cut chickens in quarters. Serve with roasted jalapeños. Makes 12 servings.

Chicken Breast Option

Substitute 12 small bone-in chicken breast halves for whole chickens. Stuff cheese mixture under skin and brush with oil. Omit garlic and lemons. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on rack in shallow roasting pan. Roast at 375 degrees F for 45 to 55 minutes (170 degrees F), brushing with honey mixture the last 10 minutes of roasting. Brush with remaining honey mixture before serving.

Nutrition Facts

468 calories; fat 24g; cholesterol 163mg; saturated fat 8g; carbohydrates 8g; mono fat 10g; poly fat 4g; insoluble fiber 1g; sugars 6g; protein 53g; vitamin a 485.9IU; vitamin c 15.9mg; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.4mg; niacin equivalents 13.2mg; vitamin b6 0.6mg; folate 16.1mcg; vitamin b12 0.5mcg; sodium 286mg; potassium 440mg; calcium 70.7mg; iron 2.7mg.