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Roasted Chicken on a Bed of Winter Vegetables

Roasted Chicken on a Bed of Winter VegetablesA whole chicken, seasoned with fresh thyme, lemon and onion, is roasted on a bed of leeks, carrots, red potatoes, and parsnips in white wine and chicken broth.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (3 1/2-pound) whole broiler-fryer
1 lemon, sliced
1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
3 thyme sprigs
Kosher or coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 medium leeks, white part only, washed carefully and thinly sliced
2 carrots, peeled and cut into thin sticks or rounds
6 red potatoes, quartered
6 medium turnips, 2 medium rutabaga or 4 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into thin sticks*
12 ounces (1 1/2 cups) dry white wine
1 (14-ounce) can chicken broth

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Rinse chicken thoroughly. Put lemon, onion and thyme into the cavity of the chicken. Sprinkle the skin of the chicken liberally with salt and pepper. Scatter the leeks, carrots, potatoes, turnips and/or rutabaga over the bottom on a roasting pan. Sprinkle the vegetables with salt and pepper. Set the chicken on top of the vegetables. Pour white wine and chicken broth over chicken and vegetables.
  3. Roast the chicken for 1 hour until the skin is browned, the juices at the joint of the thigh run clear when pierced with a knife, and a thermometer inserted into the flesh of the thigh registers 180°F (85°C). Stir vegetables and baste chicken with juices occasionally during cooking.
  4. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Lift the vegetables into a serving bowl and pour or ladle the juices into a pitcher of gravy boat. Carve the chicken and serve with vegetable juices.

Makes 4 servings.

*Or any combination of these vegetables, enough to yield 6 cups.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of the National Chicken Council. Used with permission.