Sunday Roast Chicken Dinner

 Sunday Roast Chicken Dinner


Create a delightful Sunday Roasted Chicken Dinner. A comforting and traditional meal that's perfect for family gatherings. In Grandma's house, Sunday dinner meant roast chicken. She'd put it in the oven and slow-roast it before church. By the time we got home, dinner was ready to eat!

Sunday Roast Chicken Dinner





Cook time: 3 Hr  Prep time: 30 Min  Serves: 4-6 depending on size of chicken
Ingredients
1 whole chicken, washed and dried
4-6 md red skinned potatoes
4-6 lg carrots, peeled
1 stick butter, melted
salt and seasoned pepper, to taste
smoky paprika
flour or corn starch for gravy
Directions
Test Kitchen Tips: To thicken the gravy, we used about 1 Tbsp of corn starch mixed with a little water and added that to the drippings. Depending on the size of your chicken, you'll need to roast it for 2 1/2 to 3 hours until it reaches 165 F.
1. Preheat oven to 325 F. HINT: I roast in cast iron in my Dutch oven, kettle, or chicken fryer because the even heat helps it cook so well and because it imparts an amazing flavor to food.
2. Do not cut up chicken...leave it whole! Wash the inside and out of the chicken. Remove any remaining feathers. Then pat dry with a paper towel.
3. Season chicken well with salt and seasoned pepper, inside and out. Sprinkle liberally with smoky paprika.
4. Place breast side up on trivet in Dutch oven. Surround chicken with vegetables. Drizzle with melted butter. Season with salt and seasoned pepper. Do NOT add liquid! Place lid on Dutch oven.
5. Just before leaving for church, place the Dutch oven in the oven. When you return, check the chicken for doneness - legs will come away easily from the sockets when done and juices will be clear. Allow to stand for 15 minutes in the covered Dutch oven before carving.
6. After sitting for 15 minutes, remove the bird and veggies to the platter. Return pot with juices to the stovetop (juices will be highly concentrated). Thicken with flour or corn starch and bring to a rolling boil. Gravy will not reach its full thickness until it boils. If too thick, thin with chicken broth.

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