Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Pot Roast Chicken

Pot Roast Chicken
1 - 2 - 3lb whole chicken (thawed and cleaned)
6-7 medium size potatoes, cut into quarters
3-4 carrots, peeled & cut into about 2 -3 inch pieces
2 - stalks celery but into 2-3 inch pieces (optional)
1 - whole onion (quartered)
2 - tablespoons butter
1 - cloves garlic, minced
1 - 2 tablespoons olive oil
2 1/2 - cups reduced sodium chicken broth, separated
1/2 - cup water
seasoned salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove giblets and livers if they are inside of the chicken. Rinse out the chicken and pat dry with a paper towel. Set aside. Mince and mash the garlic and place into a small bowl. Add the butter and mix together with the garlic. Using your fingers, loosen the skin over the breasts and thighs to make pockets, be careful so you do not tear the skin. Rub the garlic butter mixture over the breast and thigh meat.

Heat the olive oil over medium heat in you dutch oven make sure to get your pot really hot. Add the chicken and cook, turning often, until nicely browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Leave the chicken in the dutch oven, sprinkle with a bit of seasoning salt & pepper. Add the potatoes and vegetables around the chicken. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth and 1/2 cup water over the chicken. Place the lid on your dutch oven and cook at 400 degrees for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours or until the internal temperature in the thigh area reaches 165°F.

Remove tender chicken to a platter and cut into serving pieces. Place vegetables around the platter. Cover and keep warm. Now it is time to prepare the gravy. After you remove the chicken you will see all the yummy juice and dripping that the chicken cooked in. Using a bowl with a strainer placed on top strain the pan drippings to reserve for the gravy.

Pan Gravy1/4 - cup flour
1/4 - cup pan drippings
2 - cups low sodium chicken broth, more or less

Add the drippings to a sauce pan and bring drippings to a medium high heat. Add about 1/4 cup flour, using a whisk mix together the flour and the drippings to make a roux. Be careful not to get the roux to dark or you will burn it. Slowly add the chicken broth and whisk together to make a gravy. Keep adding chicken broth until the gravy is the consistency that you want. Serve with chicken and vegetables.

To prepare this recipe in the slow cooker:
Clean and rinse the chicken and make your garlic butter paste. Rub the chicken with the paste and then brown the chicken in a pan and then place the chicken in the slow cooker. Sprinkle with a bit of seasoning salt & pepper. Add the 1/2 cup chicken broth and water and cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Adding the potatoes and carrots the last 2-3 hours of cooking. Save and strain the dripping to make a pan gravy.

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