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Roasted Chicken with Pan Gravy

By Andrew Zimmern


  • 1 whole chicken, about 3-4 pounds

  • 4 garlic cloves

  • 1 lemon, quartered

  • Handful of thyme sprigs

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • 1 yellow onion, quartered

  • 3 cups mixed root vegetables, chopped (carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, etc)

  • 1 tablespoon flour

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 2 cups chicken stock


  1. Wash and dry the bird. Let it sit in the fridge for two hours uncovered.

  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F

  3. Fold wings underneath the bird. Place garlic, lemon and thyme in the cavity of the chicken. Rub the chicken with the softened butter.

  4. Secure legs together above the crown of the breast using butcher’s twine. Make sure the chicken is entirely coated in the softened butter and season with salt and pepper.

  5. Place the bird in a roasting cradle/rack nested in a roasting pan. Sprinkle the onion quarters and root vegetables on the rack under and around the bird.

  6. Let the bird come to room temperature before placing it in the oven on the center rack. Turn temperature down to 350 degrees F and roast for about 90 minutes, or until internal temperature of the deepest part of the thigh muscle reads 160 on a meat thermometer.

  7. Remove chicken from rack, tilting to let any of the juices from the cavity pour into the pan and let rest on a platter tented with foil while you make the pan gravy. Remove vegetables from the roasting pan and place in a serving bowl. Keep warm in the oven if desired. Reserve pan drippings.

  8. Over low-medium heat, mix flour and butter in a sauce pan to create a roux. Cook for one minute, stirring. Set aside.

  9. Place the pan you roasted the chicken in over medium heat. Add the 2 cups of stock. As it begins to simmer, scrape pan with a wooden spoon or spatula to melt all the sticky bits into the stock. When all the bits are incorporated, simmer for another minute or two, stirring, then pour all the contents of the roasting pan into a 4-cup glass measure. Let contents settle for 90 seconds and carefully skim and discard the fat.

  10. Place pot with roux over low heat. Add the skimmed contents of measuring vessel to the roux in thirds, stirring each time to incorporate. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. When the texture is up to snuff, and the consistency is that of gravy, coating a spoon, season with sea salt and serve with the chicken.