Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Roast Chicken with Fennel and Rosemary

Right off, let me say that I borrowed this idea from Katherine at Smoky Mountain Cafe.  And it was really good!  Hers was probably better, but this worked for me.


1 large roasting chicken
1/4 cup margarine (1/2 stick)
1 tbsp rosemary
1 tsp fennel seed
1 onion
1/2 cup cold water
2 tbsp cornstarch

Bring the margarine to room temperature, and mash the rosemary and fennel into it.  Generously salt the cavity, quarter the onion, and stuff it in the cavity.  Carefully loosen the skin on the top of the chicken and along the legs, and mush the seasoning mix over the chicken, under the skin.  Roast at 350F until the chicken is done; remove it from the oven and let it sit for 15 minutes.  Pour the pan drippings into a sauce pan, and add a goodly handful of ice cubes to them.  Stir the ice around for a minute or 2, then scoop it out along with the fat from the drippings (which will have congealed on the ice cubes).  Put the saucepan on the stove and heat to a simmer.  Whisk the cornstarch into the cold water until smooth, then whisk that into the pan drippings.  Cook, stirring often, until the gravy thickens and becomes clearer. 

I didn't take a picture of my chicken until after Ryan had carved it.  That's the deal here: Ryan is over 6'4" tall, and so he needs to carve the chicken if I'm to roast a whole chicken.  I keep telling him it builds character.  He keeps telling me it's child labor.  Then everyone enjoys the chicken!


Pam said...

I've never heard of using ice cubes like that!!! What a great idea!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

This sounds wonderful and the use of the ice cubes is very interesting. Keep well Diane

Nichole said...

We had ranch roasted chicken last night... yours looks much more interesting!

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Marjie:)

Roasted Chicken has become quite a popular meal with Marion as long as it doesn't include garlic:) Ice cubes I'm sure are fine.

Thanks for sharing...thinking of you today:)

Pam said...

I love fennel so I am sure this chicken would be a big hit with me!

Jan Mader said...

As usual you've made me hungry!

Anonymous said...


Thanks for coming by. This sounds like a wonderful recipe. I have never used fennel, but it sounds like it would be a nice combination.

Yael from Home Garden Diggers

SissySees said...

Love the ice cube element. I'll have to remember that!

Two French Bulldogs said...

mom loves that rosemary chicken
Benny & Lily