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Classic Roasted Chicken with Pan Gravy

Nothing says comfort food quite like a perfectly roasted chicken. Our recipe for Classic Roasted Chicken with Pan Gravy makes easy work of this family favorite - basting with some of the broth adds flavor to the chicken, and the rest adds depth to the gravy. Perfect for entertaining, or simply make it for the family on the weekend and enjoy the leftovers on those hectic weeknights. There’s no wrong time to have roasted chicken and gravy!

Total Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Serves: 6 people 

Prep Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 whole chicken, 5 pounds

  • 1 large onion, cut into 6 wedges

  • 6 cloves garlic

  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme leaves

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 4 cups Swanson® Chicken Broth

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour


  1. Heat the oven to 425°F. While the oven is heating, remove the package of the giblets and neck from the chicken cavity. Rinse the chicken with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Season the chicken inside and out as desired. Place the onion, garlic and thyme sprigs into the chicken cavity. Fold the loose skin over the cavity. Tie the ends of the drumsticks together.

  2. Place the chicken, breast-side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Brush the chicken with the oil. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat, not touching the bone.

  3. Reserve 1-1/2 cups broth for basting. Roast the chicken for 1-1/2 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F, the skin is a deep golden brown and the juices run clear. Baste the chicken with the reserved broth every 30 minutes of roasting time. Discard any remaining broth used for basting.

  4. Remove chicken to a cutting board, cover and keep warm. Let chicken stand for 20 minutes. Strain the drippings from the pan into a bowl. Spoon off any fat. Whisk 1/2 cup broth and the flour in a small bowl until smooth.

  5. Return the remaining 2 cups broth and the strained drippings (plus any juices from the chicken on the cutting board) to the roasting pan. Heat on the stove over medium-high heat to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Gradually stir in the flour mixture. Cook and stir for 4 minutes or until the mixture is thickened. Season to taste. Serve the gravy with the roast chicken.

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