Roast Provençal Chicken



serves 6 (serving size: 3 ounces chicken and about 1/4 cup gravy)

Nutritional Information

Calories 291
Caloriesfromfat 26 %
Fat 7.9 g
Satfat 1.7 g
Monofat 3.4 g
Polyfat 1.6 g
Protein 44 g
Carbohydrate 4.1 g
Fiber 0.2 g
Cholesterol 135 mg
Iron 2.5 mg
Sodium 791 mg
Calcium 26 mg


3 tablespoons hot Dijon mustard
3 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1 (3 1/2-pound) roasting chicken
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dry vermouth
1/2 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 400°.

Combine mustard, 3 teaspoons thyme, pepper, and garlic in a small bowl.

Rinse chicken with cold water, pat dry. Trim excess fat. Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breast by inserting fingers between skin and meat. Rub mustard mixture under skin. Lift wing tips out and tuck under chicken. Brush oil over chicken skin.

Place chicken in a large ovenproof skillet. Pour 1 1/2 cups broth around chicken; bake for 1 hour or until juices run clear.

Remove chicken from skillet. Remove and reserve broth mixture. Skim fat from surface of broth; discard. Combine reserved broth mixture, 1 cup broth, and flour, stirring with a whisk until blended. Heat skillet over medium-high heat; add vermouth and cook 2 minutes. Add broth mixture, bring to a boil; cook 1 minute or until slightly thick, stirring constantly. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon thyme and salt.

Note: Vermouth is a fortified white wine flavored with a variety of herbs and spices. You may, however, use fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth in its place.

January 2002
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