The Ultimate Roast Chicken with Gravy

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Crispy herb-flecked skin? Check. Tender juicy meat? Check. Rich full-bodied gravy? It's got that, too. Our foolproof take on the classic Sunday supper is so good — and so easy — you might be tempted to make it on weeknights.

  • Portion size 4 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: March 2015


Garlic Butter:
  • 4 teaspoons butter softened
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed or finely grated
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 4 teaspoons butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup sodium-reduced chicken broth
  • pinch pepper
Roast Chicken :
  • 1 whole chicken 1.5 kg
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 1 small onion quartered
  • 4 fresh thyme
  • 1 fresh rosemary


Garlic Butter: In small bowl, stir together butter, garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper.

Roast Chicken: Sprinkle cavity of chicken with salt and pepper; fill with onion, thyme and rosemary. Rub chicken all over with Garlic Butter. Place, breast side up, on greased rack in roasting pan.

Roast in 375?F (190?C) oven for 45 minutes; baste and continue to roast, basting occasionally, until instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 185?F (85?C), about 30 more minutes. Discard contents of cavity. Using tongs, tip chicken to pour juices into pan. Remove chicken to platter; cover loosely with foil. Let rest for 20 minutes before carving.

Gravy: Meanwhile, tilt pan so juices collect at 1 end. Skim fat from surface, reserving 1 tbsp. In small bowl, stir together butter, flour and reserved fat; set aside. Place pan over medium heat; whisk in wine. Cook, whisking and scraping up browned bits, until reduced by half, about 1 minute.

Whisk in broth; bring to boil. Gradually whisk in butter mixture, 2 tsp at a time, until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Strain through fine-mesh sieve; stir in pepper. If necessary, stir in enough boiling water to loosen and yield 1 cup gravy. Serve with chicken.

Nutritional facts per serving: about

  • Sodium 601 mg
  • Protein 37 g
  • Calories 435.0
  • Total fat 29 g
  • Cholesterol 152 mg
  • Saturated fat 11 g
  • Total carbohydrate 4 g


  • Iron 11.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 6.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 2.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 13.0
  • Vitamin C 2.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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The Ultimate Roast Chicken with Gravy