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Gluten Free Chicken Dinner with Gravy Recipe

This is one of our all time favorite dinners.  The house smells like heaven and I'm licking the juices off the basting spoon while it cooks!  I make al roasted or boiled chicken weekly so that we can have leftovers, salads, pot pies, or sandwiches, and chicken stock.  I'm sure that most of you already know how to roast or boil a chicken, but it's so darn good that I figured it was worth sharing.    So here you go!  Hope you enjoy!
I start with a washed 4-5 pound roaster in my large baking dish or in a very large pot of water (if you want to boil it)

Rub on olive oil and  Season with salt and pepper thoroughly.  I also love Old Bay Seasoning.  It's gluten free!

 Chop a head of garlic in 1/2 and place inside-  then add a whole lemon cut in 1/2

Pop in a 350 degree oven basting often for apx 1 1/2 hours or until juices run clear.  I put a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh at the end to check for doneness.  It should read 190/poultry

 Skinny Gluten Free Roasted or Boiled Chicken Dinner Recipe


4-5 pound roaster Chicken, defrosted, washed and gizzards removed
1 head of garlic
1 whole lemon cut in 1/2
Gluten Free seasonings of choice
butter or olive oil
salt and pepper
Carrots, onion or any fresh vegetables you like for pot or pan.  

Veggies or salad

Baking Instructions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  1. Place clean defrosted chicken in a large ovenproof baking dish
  2. Rub with olive oil or butter
  3. Rub in seasonings
  4. Place garlic and lemons in the cavity
  5. Bake in preheated oven basting often for apx 1 1/2 hours or until juices run clear.  
  6. I put a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh at the end to check for doneness.  It should read 190/poultry. 
  7. Take out the lemons and discard, and pull out the garlic.  We squeeze out the roasted bulbs and mix them into the mashed potatoes, with a tiny bit of butter and some milk!   
  8. Then remove the chicken to a platter and cover with foil.

Boiling Instructions:   and how to make Homemade Chicken Stock

  1. Place whole cleaned chicken in a very large soup pot.  
  2. Fill the pot with water to cover the chicken
  3. Add chopped carrots, celery, onions, garlic as you prefer for flavor
  4. Season with salt and pepper
  5. Boil gently for 1-2 hours or until done and falling apart
  6. Remove from pot and debone the chicken
  7. Now I strain and chill the broth.  The next day I remove the fat and you have Homemade chicken stock.  
  8. I freeze and label some and keep one in the fridge for soup or gravy

To make Gravy from a Roasted Chicken and  Gluten Free Roux

Turn your heat on medium low, skim the fat from the roasting pan, add some water,  scrape up all the browned bits and simmer  for a few minutes.   ( I use the same pan or you can transfer drippings to a sauce pan)

Mix 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch in a small bowl with a cup of water until smooth.  Add cornstarch mixture to your drippings and whisk on a low simmer until smooth and thickened, adding water as needed.

Or you can make a Roux by adding 2-3 tablespoons of sweet rice (glutinous) flour to your drippings and whisk until smooth.  Simmer for a minute or two.  Add milk or water a little at a time and keep whisking over low heat until thick and smooth. 
Season with salt and pepper.