Roasted Capon Chicken Recipe

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Roasted Capon Chicken Recipe

How To Make Roasted Capon Chicken

Ideal for intimate holiday dinners, this roasted capon chicken serves a tender and juicy dish using male chicken basted with white wine and its pan juices.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 2 hours
Rest Time: 15 minutes
Total: 2 hours 30 minutes



  • 1capon,(6 to 8 lbs)
  • ½small yellow onion,peeled
  • 1medium carrot
  • 1stalk celery,with leafy top
  • 5sprigs parsley
  • 2clovesgarlic,peeled
  • ½cupwhite wine
  • olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper,to taste


  1. Remove the capon from the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to cooking. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and coat a roasting pan and rack with nonstick spray.

  2. Cut the onion into 2 wedges and chop the carrot and celery into 3 or 4 pieces each. Place them in the center of a square of cheesecloth, add the parsley and garlic and gather up the edges to make a bag. Secure with kitchen twine.

  3. Season the cavity of the capon with salt and pepper, then place the bag of aromatics inside.

  4. Truss the capon by looping a length of twine under the tailbone and around the ends of the legs, cinching in the center to bring them together in front of the cavity. Fold the wing tips under and position the capon on the roasting rack.

  5. Drizzle the capon with olive oil and use the hands to rub it in, being sure to get in between the legs and the body. Season liberally with salt and pepper.

  6. Add the wine to the roasting pan along with enough water to bring the depth to about ½-inch.

  7. Roast the capon for 30 minutes at 450 degrees F, then lower the temperature to 350 degrees F. Baste the capon with the pan juices and return to the oven.

  8. Continue roasting, basting every 15 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer placed in the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees F. Total roasting time for a 7 lb capon should be about 2 hours.

  9. Allow the capon to rest for 15 minutes before carving.

  10. Serve and enjoy.


  • Calories: 114.91kcal
  • Fat: 7.34g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.98g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 3.42g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.46g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.09g
  • Fiber: 0.46g
  • Sugar: 0.77g
  • Protein: 7.22g
  • Cholesterol: 27.84mg
  • Sodium: 165.96mg
  • Calcium: 14.18mg
  • Potassium: 144.09mg
  • Iron: 0.56mg
  • Vitamin A: 81.19µg
  • Vitamin C: 2.63mg
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