Classic roasted chicken dinner. Nothing makes the house smell more inviting. I confess, I don't bother with the gravy. I do need more roasting time to get the potatoes crispy - I let the chicken rest for 15 minutes before cutting up so I leave the spuds in the pan and turn the oven back up to 425. I also like adding smashed garlic cloves inside the bird and along with the onion/potato mixture. I would serve this meal to guests, no problem. Any steamed veggie would make a good side; tonight we had broccoli.
Roasted Chicken with Onions, Potatoes, and Gravy
Roast a whole chicken with onions and potatoes, and serve with an easy gravy made from the pan drippings for a simple Sunday night dinner. Add a green vegetable, like green beans or asparagus, to round out the meal.
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- Calories: 430
- Calories from fat: 24%
- Fat: 11.6g
- Saturated fat: 4.5g
- Monounsaturated fat: 3.8g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 2g
- Protein: 36.9g
- Carbohydrate: 43.7g
- Fiber: 5.2g
- Cholesterol: 113mg
- Iron: 3.4mg
- Sodium: 753mg
- Calcium: 71mg
- 1 (4-pound) roasting chicken
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
- 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
- 4 oregano sprigs
- 1 lemon, quartered
- 1 celery stalk, cut into 2-inch pieces
- Cooking spray
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 pounds medium yellow onions, peeled and each cut into 8 wedges
- 2 pounds small red potatoes, cut into (1-inch) wedges
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (about 1 ounce)
- 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided
- Lemon wedges (optional)
- Fresh oregano sprigs (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425°.
- Remove and discard giblets and neck from chicken. Trim excess fat. Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breast and drumsticks by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Combine 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper; rub under loosened skin and over breast and drumsticks. Place oregano sprigs, quartered lemon, and celery pieces into body cavity. Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under chicken. Tie legs together with string. Place chicken, breast side up, on the rack of a broiler pan coated with cooking spray.
- Combine 1/2 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, melted butter, onions, and potatoes in a large bowl, and toss well to coat. Arrange onion mixture around chicken on rack. Place rack in pan. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325° (do not remove pan from oven); bake an additional 1 hour and 10 minutes or until onions and potatoes are tender and a thermometer inserted into meaty part of chicken thigh registers 165°. Set chicken, onions, and potatoes aside; cover and keep warm.
- Place a zip-top plastic bag inside a 2-cup glass measure. Pour pan drippings into bag; let stand 10 minutes (fat will rise to the top). Seal bag; carefully snip off 1 bottom corner of bag. Drain drippings into a small saucepan, stopping before fat layer reaches opening; discard fat. Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, flour, and 1/2 cup chicken broth in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add flour mixture and remaining chicken broth to saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; cook 5 minutes or until gravy thickens, stirring frequently with a whisk. Carve chicken; serve with gravy and onion mixture. Garnish with lemon wedges and oregano sprigs, if desired.
This recipe first ran in the May 2005 issue in a Cooking Class column that profiled Chuck Williams, founder of Williams-Sonoma, and it's our hands-down best roast chicken. --Recipe by Chuck Williams (May 2005)
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