Classic Roast Chicken

Buy the largest chicken available. Though the initial roasting time will be longer, you'll save time in the end because you'll have leftovers for another meal or two. Substitute a whole boned turkey breast for the roasting chicken if you mainly prefer white meat. Save washing another pan. Make gravy to accompany the chicken directly in the roasting pan. Stir 1 T flour for each cup of pan juices and a small amount of water into the roasting pan. Cook the gravy over medium high heat, stirring continually until thickened.
Classic Roast Chicken
Classic Roast Chicken

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

11

minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

11

minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    stalk celery

  • 1

    93 1/2 lb.) roasting chicken

  • 1/2

    t dried thyme

  • 1/2

    t salt

  • 1

    T butter, softened, divided

  • 1

    onion, quartered

Directions

Preheat oven to 475. Slice celery. Sprinkle inside cavity of chicken with thyme and salt; add 1 t butter, sliced celery and onion. Rub outside of chicken with remaining butter. Tuck wing tips under back of chicken. Place chicken breast side down on rack in roasting pan. Add enough water to cover bottom of pan. Roast for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 375. Roast for 20 minutes longer. Turn chicken breast- side up. Roast until chicken is browned, about 30 minutes longer.

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