Classic Roast Chicken


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The Weeknight Cook

The Weeknight Cook

By Brigit Binns

Published 2012

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  • Whole chicken, 1, 4 lb (2 kg)
  • Fresh rosemary or tarragon, 2 tablespoons minced
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Chicken broth, ¾ cup (6 fl oz/180 ml)
  • Dry white wine or chicken broth, ¼ cup (2 fl oz/60 ml)


  • Roast the chicken

    Preheat the oven to 450°F(230°C). Place the chicken, breast side up, on a rack in a large roasting pan. Rub with the rosemary and a generous amount of salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 400°F(200°C) and continue to roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh away from the bone reads 170°F(77°C), about 40 minutes longer. Transfer to a carving board and let rest for 10 minutes.

  • Make the pan sauce

    Pour off all but about teaspoons fat from the roasting pan. Place over medium-high heat and add the broth and wine. Bring to a boil and stir, scraping up the browned bits on the pan bottom. Cook until slightly reduced, about 1 minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Carve the chicken, top with the sauce, and serve.