Country Style Oven Roasted Chicken

Can you believe that the fresh rosemary and thyme sprigs are from my garden, having survived  -5 F and below temperatures!?  My sage doesn’t look that bad either 🙂

I try to find the smallest, local, non-Perdue and Tyson (they are usually “ganormous”) chickens to cook.  This one is a 3 1/2 lb kosher chicken from the Jewish Temple in Scranton.  Tastes like chicken used to and the meat doesn’t have that spongy, dense texture of most chickens in the U.S.

Except for the “ouchy” on the right knee, this chicken was perfectly browned.  I think that it helped that I rubbed olive oil into the skin before browning.

I used to have my mother’s black skillet, large and deep, but it went missing during our move from Rwanda to Senegal.  I suspect…..everyone 😀  I found this skillet in the back of a used item shop, covered in rust, to discourage the uninformed.  After cleaning and re-seasoning, it was just as good as my mother’s skillet, just not as big.

This is my husbands kind of meal.  Along with the carrots, onions, garlic and celery, I heated up some leftover fried potatoes and he was in heaven 🙂  Bob Lynch would like this too.

Country Style Oven Roasted Chicken

1  3 1/2 Lb whole chicken, spatchcocked

Salt and pepper

Olive oil

1 large onion, cut into eighths

4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

2 celery branches, quartered

1 cup beer

1 1/2 cup chicken broth

4-5 carrots, quartered

2 sprigs rosemary

2 sprigs thyme

Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then rub all over with olive oil.  Brown in a skillet in 3 tbsp of olive oil, front and back.  Remove from skillet and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 425 F.

Add the onion, garlic and celery to the skillet and saute until brown.  Add the beer and cook, stirring for about 4 minutes, reducing the beer.  Stir in the chicken broth, carrots, rosemary and thyme Bring to a boil, then return the chicken to the skillet, skin side up and place in the preheated oven for 50 minutes.

Remove the chicken and vegetables to a large platter.  Boil the liquid in the skillet, stirring until the sauce has thickened.



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An American living in Burgundy, France
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5 Responses to Country Style Oven Roasted Chicken

  1. Mad Dog says:

    That looks perfect!
    Rosemary is quite hardy – mine has survived being blow off the wall (several times), snow and a scorching by the sun. I thought the sun had killed the thyme, but it has started to grow back. Sadly my sage is gone with the dodo.

  2. Ah, the aroma of fresh rosemary!

  3. Caroline says:

    Re: Your missing skillet while moving house; “…I suspect…..everyone”. Hilarious!

  4. I really need to get a proper sized cast iron skillet. So versatile. Lovely recipe.

  5. chefkreso says:

    This dish looks absolutely delicious, have to prepare it for the family this weekend!

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