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Oven Roasted Chicken

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I’m declaring this week Comfort Food Week. What a week, and it’s only the start!

Living in NJ, we never have snow in October. Alright, maybe never is too strong a word, but this snow was no dusting; it was a full fledged Nor’easter that dumped anywhere from 6 – 12 inches of wet heavy snow. ย I only just mentally recovered from last winter’s weekly snow storms; I’m not ready for another winter! So, enter comfort food week.

roast chicken

Comfort food is certainly about the taste, but it’s also about the smells and warmth. Nothing beats turning on the oven when it’s chilly out and filling the house with a delicious aroma and warmth.

Last weekend we did just that; we picked up a roasting ย chicken, rubbed it with a delicious garlic and rosemary recipe from Emeril, and threw it in the oven. By the time dinner rolled around the whole house smelled wonderful. Some buttermilk biscuits and steamed carrots rounded out our comfort meal, but you can go with just about any side that is going to make you happy. After all, it’s supposed to be your comfort meal.

roast chicken

After dinner, I made chicken stock from the left overs. With it we made some chicken soup andย Spinach and Tomato Orzotto, and there was enough chicken left over to make quesadillas another night.

Comfort week has only just started here at The Keenan Cookbook. Check back tomorrow and Thursday for two more comfort dishes you wont want to miss. And please share your favorite comfort foods in the comments below, links encouraged (share the love!).

roast chicken

Recipe: Oven Roasted Chicken


  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into thirds
  • 3 ribs celery, peeled and cut into thirds
  • 3 onions, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 1 (3 1/2 to 4 pound) chicken, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons cracked white pepper
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 6 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 4 sprigs rosemary, roughly chopped, plus 1 tablespoon for gravy
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons crushed garlic
  • 1 cup dry white wine


  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
  2. In a 9 by 13-inch roasting pan, add the carrots, celery and onions. Season the chicken both inside and out with the kosher salt and white pepper. Squeeze the lemon halves over the chicken and place the rinds inside the cavity. Place the bay leaves inside the cavity. In a small bowl, combine the garlic, rosemary, olive oil and butter. Rub the chicken both inside and out with the garlic rosemary blend and place in the roasting pan.
  3. Place the pan in the oven and roast the chicken for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the juices run clear. To test this, insert a thermometer in the thickest part of a leg. It should register at 160 degrees internal temperature. Remove the chicken from the oven and allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before carving.
  4. Pour off excess fat from pan and return to heat. Whisk in chicken stock, roasted garlic, white wine and chopped rosemary, scraping up the bits on the bottom of pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Reduce gravy by half, until thickened.
  5. Serve chicken with gravy on the side.

Cooking time: 50 minute(s) Number of servings (yield): 4

Recipe adapted from: Emeril

What’s your favorite comfort food?
Share a link or let us know in the comments below!


14 thoughts

  • November 1, 2011 at 8:40 am

    You’re right, that is a definite comfort food.

    Awesome pictures too. I’ll have to pin one of those!

    • Chris
      November 1, 2011 at 8:48 am

      Thank you so much Curt!

    • Chris
      November 1, 2011 at 8:48 am

      Thanks Liz! My favorite thing is just how many dinners I can get out of the leftovers ๐Ÿ™‚

  • November 1, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Oh my word. That looks amazing (from a girl who doesn’t get many homecooked meals lately, lol) I need me some of that!

  • November 1, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I have a cold right now and this is just what I need.

    • Chris
      November 1, 2011 at 10:16 am

      Bummer you got sick. I think some home made chicken soup will make you feel better. Tell Kramer to get on that ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Chris
      November 1, 2011 at 10:17 am

      Yea and it was surprisingly easy. I never roasted one before because it’s just two of us, but it came out great and left overs were repurposed throughout the week. Our food budget was happy, and so were our bellies ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • November 1, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Mmm, I love comfort food! My favorites are definitely the oven ones, too, the ones that make your house all warm and cozy after baking. Lasagna’s way up there…as is any good thick soup. Yum! Can’t wait to see the recipes you have to come. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • November 1, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I want this so bad right now. I think I need to pick up a chicken soon. It’s been on my mind but I just forget. Oh and I guess you didn’t get the memo huh? Some places in NH got over 25″ of snow. I’m not even remotely kidding. Disgusting to say the least!!! If you need me I’ll be on a plain to Aruba (I wish).

  • November 2, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Roasted chicken is a favorite in our house. The meat is always perfectly cooked and tastes amazing! Plus you can make homemade stock ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Chris
      November 2, 2011 at 8:19 pm

      Yes! Loved that I was able to make stock and get multiple meals over the week with it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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