Country Roasted Chicken

This Dutch oven roast chicken recipe gets wonderful flavor from the celery, onion and parsley tucked inside. This is my family’s favorite way to make roast chicken. When my daughter was away at school, she even called home to ask me for the recipe so she could make it herself. —Judy Page, Edenville, Michigan

Ingredients

  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 pounds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 large onion, cut into eighths
  • 2 celery ribs with leaves, cut into 4-inch pieces
  • 4 fresh parsley sprigs
  • 8 small red potatoes
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • Chopped parsley, optional

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. Sprinkle inside of chicken with thyme and 1 teaspoon salt. Stuff chicken with onion, celery and parsley sprigs. Place in a greased Dutch oven.
  • Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle remaining 1 teaspoon salt over chicken. Add potatoes and broth to pan. Bake, uncovered, 25 minutes longer.
  • Increase oven temperature to 400°. Bake, uncovered, until potatoes are tender and a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°, 10-15 minutes. Remove chicken from oven; tent with foil. Let stand 15 minutes before carving. If desired, sprinkle with chopped parsley.
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