Saturday, March 24

White Wine Roast Chicken and Vegetables

There's nothing like the smell of roast chicken permeating your home to get your appetite going. My family enjoyed this experience last night. I had a whole chicken in the refrigerator that needed to be used, and white wine gravy was calling my name. I made up a recipe, and thought I'd better share it here because it turned out a success.
If you're home today enjoying a relaxed family day, or tomorrow will be your slow-paced Sunday, try roasting a chicken. The smell and taste won't disappoint! You can save the bones and make a batch of nutritious, tasty bone broth - great way to get the most out of your food budget!

What you need:

Whole chicken, giblets removed and rinsed in/out
Sea salt
Black pepper
White wine like Chardonnay (nothing fancy, I love using the $2.49 "Two Buck Chuck" from Trader Joe's)

What you do:

Preheat oven to 450. Place chicken in a roasting pan with wings and legs tucked underneath. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and a dash of sage. Pour white wine around chicken in pan, about 1/3 bottle.

When oven reaches 450 degrees, put the chicken in the oven and let it brown and crisp on top for fifteen to twenty minutes.

It will look like this. Beautiful!
Now lower the oven temperature to 375 degrees. Grab a pot holder/oven mitt, pull the oven rack out a bit [carefully!], and baste the chicken all over with the white wine/drippings. I like to baste it five times or more. Close the oven and let it go for twenty minutes, then pull out the oven rack and baste, again.
Repeat this once more - twenty minutes of roasting, then baste. Check the thigh temperature with a meat thermometer. If it reads 170 or higher, you can take the chicken out of the oven. If it's not, put it back in for ten more minutes, and check again.
Once temperature is 170 degrees, take out of the oven, cover the roasting pan with foil and let sit for fifteen minutes. Remove the foil and check the temp. The thigh should be 180 degrees.

Voila! You roasted a beautiful delicious chicken!

At this point you can cut up the chicken into eight pieces - 2 thighs, 2 legs/drumsticks, 2 breasts, 2 wings. For help in doing this, check out this step by step: How to Carve a Roasted Chicken
Also, there are many videos demonstrating this culinary skill on YouTube.

This chicken can be served with steamed vegetables and if you like, white wine gravy* for a lovely dinner. Enjoy your meal!

Chicken and veggies - one of the best
*To make gravy, pour the wine/drippings into a small saucepan over low heat. In a small bowl, make a "slurry" with one teaspoon cornstarch and 1/4 cup water. Mix slurry with a fork, and add to the saucepan of warm drippings. Continue to whisk this mixture together while it heats. When it is thickened to the consistency you like, it's ready. Pour over your chicken and veg, and enjoy.