Tasty Thursday {Oven Roasted Chicken}

October 25, 2012

I’m sitting here at the dining room table (my office) with the lights on and a cup of tea by my side. Looking outside, I see raindrops hitting the surface of the pool, the sky dreary and grey and the trees swaying in the wind.

We are under a tropical storm warning at the moment because Hurricane Sandy is moving closer to us along the Eastern Seaboard.

A day like this calls for comfort food. Something that smells heavenly when you open the oven door. Something that reminds me of my childhood. Something that brings my family together at the dinner table to dig in.

Oven roasted chicken.

It’s a favorite in my house.

It’s also fairly simple.


6 lb. chicken

2 celery stalks

2 carrots

1 medium sized onion

salt and pepper


garlic powder

dried rosemary

Herbes de Provence mix (from Target)

olive oil


Heat oven to 350°. Cut the celery, carrots and onions into chunks and layer bottom of a roasting pan or like I did, a Pyrex dish. Rinse chicken and remove giblets. Pat dry. Lay the chicken on top of the vegetables and the giblets around the chicken if you like. Mix about 2 Tablespoons of olive oil with one teaspoon of dried rosemary, one teaspoon of Herbes De Provence and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder. Sprinkle the chicken with paprika (I use a lot as it really helps with browning the skin.) and salt and pepper then take the olive oil mixture and brush all over chicken. Last add up to one cup of water to the bottom of the pan.

Roast for about 1 3/4 hrs to 2 1/2 hrs until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160° degrees. Let sit for about 30 minutes. You can cover the chicken loosely with some aluminum foil.

I check the chicken a few times throughout the roasting process and baste it with the water/drippings mixture from the bottom of the pan.

I serve roasted chicken with German potato dumplings, green beans and chicken gravy. I use the pan drippings to enhance the gravy and it really kicks up the flavor.


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  • Corey October 25, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    One of mine and Boy’s favorite dinners!!

    • Susi October 25, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      Don’t I know it!!! 🙂

  • Christine (Cook the Story) October 26, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Mmmm…I’m watching the wind blow here in Orlando and thinking about comfort food as well. Good call on the roast chicken. That just might be what I go with for tonight. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Susi October 27, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      Christine, I heard Orlando was supposed to get quite windy too. And I’m glad I was able to inspire you! 🙂

  • melissa October 27, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Here in NC the impending hurricane has given us dark skies and approaching rain. I just pinned this recipe because I think it will make the perfect “snuggle in” meal for a weekend like this! thanks for sharing!

    • Susi October 27, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      Thanks for pinning, Melissa. Makes me happy! Stay safe!!!