Roast chicken is one of life’s all-time comfort foods and to prepare a Pot Roasted Herb Chicken with a fat chicken, fresh herbs and vegetables is a classic meal in a pot. This is a recipe to prepare and serve any week-night or Sunday dinner yet special enough for company.
This French inspired, pot roasted herb chicken is such a simple way to serve up a no-fuss dinner and you will love the moistness of the chicken.
This is a one-pot meal with the chicken and vegetables all cooked in a covered brasier or Dutch oven. The chicken is moist and juicy, the vegetables are tender but still firm. It is all served with a sauce flavored with white wine, garlic, thyme and a touch of Dijon mustard.
It would be lovely to roast up one of those fat organic, free range chickens for this recipe. The little farm where we buy our fresh eggs sells their home-grown chickens all ready to cook. However, they are sold in lots of six for a cash outlay of $163. That is a hunka cash and calculates to almost $30 a chicken. I just couldn’t do it. I have no problem shelling out the big bucks for a whopping big prime rib roast or a hefty chunk of halibut. But chicken?? I’m just not there yet. I would love to hear from you readers to let me know if I am truly missing out. For now it will be a supermarket chicken.
To prepare this chicken for the roasting pot we first liberally seasoned the bird inside and outside with a mix of salt, pepper and paprika then browned it lightly in a little olive oil. It was placed breast side up in a heavy-bottomed brasier with rainbow carrots, red thumb fingerling potatoes, mushrooms and fresh thyme added around the chicken. The lid was placed on the pot and it was roasted in a 350°F oven for one and one-half hours until the temperature registered 175*F on the meat thermometer.
This chicken is moist, juicy and tender, the vegetables are perfectly cooked and there was only a little au jus in the pan which we used to make a wonderfully rich and flavorful sauce with white wine, and Dijon mustard.
This pot roasted herb chicken brings an ordinary roasted chicken to the Wow! level. It is an easy recipe to prepare, healthy, great flavor and a keeper. Try it for dinner tonight! 🙂
Pot Roasted Herb Chicken
A French-inspired Pot Roasted Herb Chicken that is moist, juicy and tender. Served with rainbow carrots, fingerling potatoes, mushrooms and fresh thyme. Served with a wine-mustard sauce.
- 4 to 4 1/2 pound whole chicken
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 6 or 8 rainbow carrots, scrubbed clean but not peeled
- 1 1/2 pounds red thumb fingerling potatoes
- 12 small white mushrooms, whole and brushed free of soil
- 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1 small bunch of fresh thyme sprigs, tied with kitchen twine
- 1/2 cup white wine, divided
For the Wine-Dijon Sauce:
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 garlic cloves, grated or crushed
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons flour
- Fresh thyme sprigs for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350°F
- Rinse the chicken under cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
- In a small dish, combine the sea salt, black pepper and paprika and sprinkle on the inside and outside of the chicken. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine.
- Add the oil to a Dutch oven or brasier pot set over medium heat, and when it is hot but not smoking add the chicken, breast side down and brown lightly, about 5 minutes. Turn the chicken onto it's back and add the vegetables, garlic and thyme bundle around the edges. Drizzle 1/4 cup of the white wine over the vegetables and sprinkle them with additional salt. Place the pot lid on and
- transfer the pot to the middle rack of the oven. Roast for 45 minutes.
- Remove the pot from the oven and baste the chicken with a few spoons full of the pan juices, add the lid and transfer back to the oven and roast for 30 to 45 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer reads 160° in the thickist part of the breast and 175° in the thickest part of the thigh and juices run clear.
- Transfer the chicken to a serving platter, cut and discard the trussing twine from the legs and arrange the vegetables around the chicken, cover lightly with foil and allow to rest while preparing the sauce. When ready to serve, garnish the chicken and vegetables with fresh thyme sprigs.
For the Wine-Dijon Sauce:
- Remove the thyme bundle and pour the pan juices through a strainer into a small saucepan, skim off and discard as much of the fat as possible. Add the remaining wine, the chicken broth and garlic. Bring to a boil and cook for about 5 minutes, reducing the liquid to 2 cups. Whisk in the Dijon mustard, taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
- In a small dish add the butter and flour and blend with the back of a spoon to make a paste. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the paste, whisking until it is melted. Return the saucepan back to the heat over medium and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes until slightly thickened. Transfer the sauce to a serving pitcher and pass with the chicken and vegetables.
If your chicken is large and touches the lid spray the inside of the lid with non-stick oil spray to prevent the flesh from sticking and ripping when the lid is removed. Aluminum foil can be substituted for a lid, spray the inside of the foil with non-stick oil spray and cover the pot tightly.The chicken may be carved in the kitchen or at the table.Nutrition Values is for chicken only
Serving Size 4 oz chicken
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 13.6 g
Saturated Fat 3.79 g
Cholesterol 86.1 mg
Sodium 82.1 mg
Protein 27.3 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.