Roasted Chicken and Gravy

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

This dinner is absolutely amazing! The chicken is literally fall off the bone tender (Abbott laughed when his chicken leg fell off the meat and onto the table) and the gravy is so flavorful! It does require marinating overnight and 4 hours of cooking, but it is worth the wait! I suggest serving this with Creamy Mashed Potatoes, we call them Abbott's potatoes but they're everyone's favorite! The chicken/gravy only serves 4 people so if you have a bigger family you will need a 2nd chicken ,-)

Chicken Ingredients
1 (4 pound) whole chicken
4 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 onion, cut into 4 pieces
5 cloves garlic

Gravy Ingredients
Chicken drippings
2 tablespoons flour
1 can chicken broth (or 1 cup water and a chicken bouillon cube)

Chicken Directions
The night before... In a small bowl, mix together salt, paprika, onion powder, thyme, pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Remove and discard giblets from chicken. Rinse chicken cavity, and pat dry with paper towel. Rub chicken inside and out with spice mixture (use all of the spice mixture). Stuff the pieces of onion and garlic cloves into the cavity of the chicken. Place the chickens in a resealable bag or double wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight, or at least 4 to 6 hours. After marinading... Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place chicken in a roasting pan (I just used my 9x13 pan). Bake uncovered for 4 hours, to a minimum internal temperature of 180 degrees (I don't have a meat thermometer, but 4 hours was the perfect time for my 4 pound chicken). Let the chicken stand for 10 minutes before carving. While carving the chicken discard onion and garlic. Gravy Directions
Take the chicken out of the pan when it's done cooking. Now pour all the drippings into a glass measuring cup. Leave any browned bits on the bottom of the roasting pan (these are actually quite tasty and help give the gravy its flavor.) Let the drippings stand for a minute or two until the fat rises to the top of the measuring cup. Set the roasting pan over medium-low heat (you may need to use two burners at once.) Spoon out 4 tablespoons fat from the top of the measuring cup and put it back in the roasting pan.
Sprinkle the flour over the fat and whisk. Whisk flour and fat for 1 to 2 minutes until the flour turns a nice golden-brown color.
Pour the measuring cup drippings and can of chicken broth into the roasting pan. Whisking and scraping off the encrusted bits on the bottom of the pan. Simmer mixture for 2 to 3 minutes while whisking. Adjust the thickness of the gravy. If it is too thin, simmer, whisking often until the gravy is as thick as you want it. If it is too thick, whisk in a little more chicken broth. Taste the gravy and season it with salt and pepper if needed but with the rub of the chicken mine didn't need any salt/pepper. Serve the gravy over mashed potatoes with the roasted chicken. Enjoy!


Heidi said...

This looks so good!! I've made a chicken very similar to this and it was awesome. I love a good roasted chicken.

Donna-FFW said...

OOOHH< what yummy gravy. Popping in to say what a most delicious dinner and Happy New year to you!

Katy ~ said...

This looks splendid-elicious!! Ole Sweetie-Pi won't eat meat on the bone, but you know what, it has been soooo long since I have a whole roasted chicken, that I think I am going to do this. Once I cut slab o'chicken and put it on his plate, it won't be nearly so bothersome for him, grins.

Gravy and mashed taters. You are calling me.....

Anncoo said...

Happy New year and wishing you & your family all the best for the coming year.

shar said...

Carrie, I've been a long time lurker and love your recipes but wanted to share something with you. Once when making Giada's Garlic and Citrus Chicken (which is fab, by the way), I did what you did and cooked the drippings in my pyrex on the stovetop and it literally exploded all over my ENTIRE kitchen! I only found out later, this is a common thing and even the Pyrex site says not to do it. I had a little one only stove high at the time, and luckily she was not in the kitchen at my legs like usual or she would have caught the glass in her face. Just an FYI. Thanks for your blog and keep your great recipes coming!

Katy ~ said...

I had to come back and leave a 2nd comment. I can't get this out of my mind! Gads this looks good!

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