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This Roast Whole Chicken with Potatoes and Apples is a juicy and flavorful roasted chicken cooked with apples, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and carrots. It is the perfect homemade meal!

Up close shot of roast whole chicken with potatoes on a plate.

Every time that I roast a chicken at home, I tell myself that I need to do it more often. The house smells amazing, and the roast chicken tastes as good as it smells.

This roast chicken with apple is no exception! It’s covered in a thyme, rosemary, onion and sage seasoning and is cooked along with apples, sweet potatoes, carrots and white potatoes. It’s a full meal cooked all in one pan!

Drumstick photo of roast chicken with apple recipe.

Why this recipe works

  • It is a delicious twist to the classic roast chicken recipe.
  • The apples soften and pair incredibly well with the chicken. It is just perfect.
  • The natural gravy / juices that come from roasting this chicken is AMAZING.
  • This recipe is easy to make. You just put everything into a pan and season it, then let it cook itself.
  • It’s a healthy dinner option. It is naturally dairy free, gluten free, Paleo and Whole30 compliant.

Recipe ingredients:

Ingredients needed to make Roast Whole Chicken with Potatoes and Apples.
  • roasting chicken– I get my roasting chicken from Trader Joes. I find they have great quality options! Look for one that is around 5 lbs.
  • dried thyme, dried rosemary, onion powder, rubbed sage– these spices season the chicken.
  • lemons– any type will work. This flavors the whole dish.
  • garlic– fresh garlic cloves make the sauce in this recipe just amazing!
  • sweet potatoes– these surround the chicken and provide the perfect side.
  • potatoes– these also surround the chicken and cook with it.
  • apples– any variety will do, just make sure to cut them big enough so they don’t fall apart.
  • carrots– these are the perfect veggie to add to roast chicken.
  • olive oil– this goes on top of the veggies and the chicken itself.

See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.

Additions/ Substitutions

  • Instead of sweet potatoes, you can use regular potatoes, parsnips, or turnips.
  • Instead of regular potatoes, you can use more sweet potatoes, parsnips, or turnips.
  • Instead of apples, you can use pears.

Step by step instructions

All the seasoning in a bowl.
Step 1

Step 1: Start off by making a seasoning out of sea salt, black pepper, thyme, rosemary, onion powder, and sage.

Seasoning on top of the raw chicken.
Step 2

Step 2: Put some of the seasoning inside the cavity of the chicken. Then cover the outside of the chicken with the remaining seasoning.

Potatoes and apples surrounding the raw chicken.
Step 3

Step 3: Surround the chicken with the garlic, carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes and apples.

Pour oil on top of the veggoes, along with thyme and rosemary.

Freshly roasted chicken with apples on a plate.
Step 4

Step 4: Bake until the chicken is cooked through.

Recipe FAQs

How do you serve this roast chicken?

This is a one pot meal, so you honestly don’t need to add anything. Make sure to eat the chicken with parts of the softened apple… the combination is just too good!

However if you want to add something to this dish, I suggest making rice. It tastes great all together!

How do you know if the chicken is done?

If you can cut between the leg and the thigh with a knife and only clear juices come out. If you use a meat thermometer, the chicken should reach an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees F.

How do you store it?

Put all the veggies and apples into a Tupperware, along with all the pieces of cooked chicken you can grab off the carcass. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Chicken and apple recipe on a plate with veggies.

Other healthy chicken recipes you’ll love:

This Chicken Leg Quarters recipe by Food Doodles looks perfect and only requires 5 ingredients! Yum!

This baked Paleo Maple Lime Chicken is full of great maple and lime flavor.

I absolutely love the sauce in this Creamy Mustard Tomato Chicken Casserole dish. It’s sweet and creamy and delicious.

This Roasted Cornish Hens recipe by Fool Proof Living is a special recipe that is sure to impress and has lots of flavor!

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Roast Whole Chicken with Potatoes and Apples (Dairy-free)

Servings: 4
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 2 hours 5 minutes
Roast Chicken with Apples and Potatoes (Dairy-free) | Perchance to Cook, www.perchancetocook.com
A juicy and flavorful roasted chicken cooked with apples, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and carrots.


  • 1 roasting chicken , (about 5 pounds big)
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp dried thyme, divided
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary, divided
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp rubbed sage
  • 1 1/2 lemons, 1 lemon cut into 3 pieces and the other sliced
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 3-4 medium sweet potatoes, sliced thick
  • 3-4 medium gold potatoes, sliced thick
  • 2 apples, each cut into 6 larger pieces
  • 6-8 large carrots, chopped into larger slices ( I cut each carrot into 4-6 pieces)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Remove the inside of the chicken (the giblets) and place it upside down (thighs up) into a large roasting pan. ( I like using a 16 x 12.5 x 3 1/4 in pan)
  • In a small bowl, mix 2 tsp of course sea salt, 1 tsp of ground black pepper, 1 tsp of thyme, 1 tsp rosemary, 1 tsp onion powder, and1 tsp rubbed sage together. Put 1/4 of the seasoning mix inside of the chicken (in the cavity). Rub the other 3/4 of the seasoning onto the outside of the chicken.
  • Peel the head of garlic, and remove all the outside of the garlic until only the naked bulbs are left. This was around 9-10 cloves for me. Put 1 or 2 the cloves into the cavity and the rest into the roasting pan, around the chicken.
  • Take 2 of the larger pieces of lemon and squeeze them into the cavity of the chicken and put the pieces into the cavity. Lay the chicken back down.
  • Squeeze the third piece of lemon onto the outside of the chicken and throw the rind away. Place the slices of lemon on top of the chicken (this is for decoration purposes AND taste, the lemon candies and tastes fantastic).
  • Put the carrots, sweet potato, potato and apple around the chicken.
  • Evenly pour 1/4 cup olive oil onto the the veggies surrounding the chicken. Evenly top the veggies with 1 tsp of thyme and 1 tsp rosemary. Mix the veggies around and make sure they all look like they are covered in oil.
  • Sprinkle a bit more olive oil onto the top of the chicken. I like to spray it with an olive oil spray on top.
  • Cover the whole roasting pan with aluminum foil, and cook the chicken for 1 hour and 15 minutes. ( Half way through cooking, mix the veggies together).
  • Then remove the aluminum foil, mix the veggies again, trying to get some of the juices onto the veggies and also a bit on top of the chicken. Cook the chicken uncovered for another 30-50 minutes.
  • The chicken will be done when you can cut between the leg and the thigh and only clear juices come out. Make sure the veggies are all cooked through prior to removing from the oven.


  • Instead of sweet potatoes, you can use regular potatoes, parsnips, or turnips.
  • Instead of regular potatoes, you can use more sweet potatoes, parsnips, or turnips.
  • Instead of apples, you can use pears.


Calories: 881kcalCarbohydrates: 85gProtein: 40gFat: 44gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 164mgSodium: 1462mgPotassium: 1973mgFiber: 14gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 41028IUVitamin C: 67mgCalcium: 160mgIron: 6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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