Sep 16

Roasted Chicken Recipe with Deep Onion-Garlic Gravy


There is nothing more comforting than the aroma of a roasted chicken. This one is paired with a richly flavored onion-garlic gravy. Thanks to the American Diabetes Association for sponsoring this post and helping me to share this recipe with you.
Roasted Chicken Recipe with Deep Onion-Garlic Gravy...195 calories and 5 Weight Watcher PP | #gluten-free #dinner

There is nothing like the aroma of an herb-rubbed chicken roasting in the oven to make your family’s eyes glow with delight.

“Mmm, it smells like Thanksgiving in here. What are you cooking, Mum?” Not only do I get a gold star for “best cook in the house” when I roast a chicken (little do they know that it takes about 5 minutes of actual prep time to pull off this feat of magic), but the fridge is filled with leftovers for the next meal or two. It’s a win-win.

As part of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 30 Days of Family Health, in partnership with Kitchen Play, I was able to pick a recipe out of Gluten-Free Recipes for People with Diabetes by Nancy S. Hughes.

3D Gluten-Free

I mentioned in my last post for the ADA (Chicken, Artichoke & Spinach Soup) that I know several people who are dealing with diabetes. Little did I know that approximately 10% of people with type 1 diabetes are also diagnosed with Celiac disease.

Roasted Chicken Recipe with Deep Onion-Garlic Gravy...195 calories and 5 Weight Watcher PP | #gluten-free #dinner

That’s right. Not only do they have to monitor blood sugar, but people diagnosed with both diabetes and Celiac have to be constantly aware of the gluten content of the foods they eat.

This book is packed with information and recipe ideas to make mealtime a little easier for these folks. Along with this roast chicken recipe, with a wonderful onion-garlic gravy, some of the other recipes that caught my eye were the Nutty Cranberry-Oat Granola, Cod on Roasted Peppers and White Beans, and Sweet Potato Casserole with Ginger Streusel Topping.

This is a cookbook I’ll turn to over and over again, and so is this recipe. The meat itself is juicy, the skin is crisp and spiced and the gravy is rich, with a tinge of sweetness from the roasted onions and garlic. Run to the kitchen to make this!

Roasted Chicken Recipe with Deep Onion-Garlic Gravy...195 calories and 5 Weight Watcher PP | #gluten-free #dinner

Head over to Kitchen Play to check out see some other fantastic recipe posts from this cookbook.

If you would like to purchase this book for your cookbook library, you can use the discount code: KITCHEN2013 (which will offer 25% off all books in the ADA online store {link}. It is valid through October 4, 2013.)

The ADA is hosting a fabulous giveaway on the Kitchen PLAY Facebook page as part of #30DaysofFamilyHealth. Five winners will receive their choice of three of five cookbooks, plus a $50 Visa gift card.

Other gluten-free recipes:

Gluten-Free Recipes | #glutenfree
Cookin’ Canuck’s Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash & Quinoa
Cookin’ Canuck’s Spaghetti Squash with Apples & Toasted Pecans
Kalyn’s Kitchen’s Baby Kale Paleo Taco Salad with Chili-Lime Dressing
All Day I Dream About Food’s Grilled Steak with Garlic Cilantro Butter
Lexi’s Clean Kitchen’s Eggplant Pizza Crust

Roasted Chicken Recipe with Deep Onion-Garlic Gravy
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From Gluten-Free Recipe for People with Diabetes
Serves: Serves 6
  • 2 medium onions (4 ounces each), cut in 8 wedges each
  • 1 garlic head (about 12–14 garlic cloves total), peeled only
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4- to 4½-pound whole roasting chicken, cavity rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Place the onions and garlic on the bottom of a 13-inch by 9-inch baking pan.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the paprika, thyme, rosemary, and pepper. Coat the chicken with the oil and sprinkle the paprika mixture evenly over the chicken. Place on top of the onions and garlic.
  4. Bake 60–70 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F when tested with a meat thermometer.
  5. Remove the chicken with 2 large spoons, preferably slotted, and place on cutting board. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing, discarding the skin.
  6. Meanwhile, to “degrease” the pan drippings, add the cold water to the pan drippings. Stir until well blended and drain the pan residue through a fine-mesh sieve, reserving both the liquid and the strained onion mixture.
  7. Pour the liquid portion into a resealable plastic sandwich bag, seal tightly, and place in freezer for 15 minutes to allow the fat to rise to the top.
  8. Hold the bag over a small saucepan. Using scissors, cut about ¼ inch off of the corner of the bag, allowing the juices to pour into the saucepan. Stop the flow to prevent the fat from being released. Discard the bag with the fat. Stir in the cornstarch and salt until cornstarch is completely dissolved.
  9. Add the reserved onion mixture. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil 1 minute, stirring frequently. Serve with the sliced chicken.
Calories 195 / Total Fat 7.0g / Saturated Fat 2.0g / Cholesterol 90.0mg / Sodium 280mg / Total Carbohydrates 1.0g / Fiber 0g / Sugars 0g / Protein 29.0g / WW (Old Points) 4 / WW (Points+) 5
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3½ oz. cooked chicken + ¼ cup gravy Calories: 195 cal Fat: Total Fat 7.0g / Saturated Fat 2.0g

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective September 16, 2013 at 7:26 am

Looks fantastic, Dara! Love the sound of that onion gravy! Mmmmm…


2 Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry September 16, 2013 at 7:52 am

That chicken looks fantastic! And yes, the aroma of a roasted chicken in your oven is magical!! :)


3 kelley September 16, 2013 at 7:56 am

Roast chicken is one of my all time favorite dinners- simple, humble and great for leftovers! The gravy sounds fantastic. That little clip on the plate is adorable!


4 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet September 16, 2013 at 8:36 am

I love roast chicken. The end. :)


5 cassie September 16, 2013 at 8:40 am

There is nothing like a fresh roasted chicken. So elegant (but so simple!) I love this, Dara!


6 Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness September 16, 2013 at 8:44 am

I just died. I love roasted chicken. Especially on cold winter days like today. Looks sooo good!


7 Stephanie @ PlainChicken September 16, 2013 at 9:40 am

That chicken is beautiful! The gravy sounds delicious!


8 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl September 16, 2013 at 9:58 am

I have got to start roasting chickens more frequently!! This is stunning and I know my husband would love to walk home to the smell of this in the oven!


9 Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg September 16, 2013 at 11:45 am

Mmmmm. I can smell the aroma. It looks gorgeous and I bet it tastes just a gorgeous.


10 Liz September 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Thank you, Dara. I will pass along to my sister whose husband has diabetes.


11 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious September 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm

That gravy, that crisp skin – yes and yes! Can I come over for dinner, Dara?! I’ll bring the wine!


12 Kathy - Panini Happy September 16, 2013 at 4:17 pm

That’s got to be one of the most beautiful roast chickens I’ve seen!!


13 Tieghan September 16, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Nothing beat a simple roasted chicken on a warm cozy fall night! This looks like perfection and I love the sound of that gravy! I have to make this on Sunday!


14 Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat September 16, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Nothing beats a roasted chicken! The color on yours is perfection!


15 anniegi September 17, 2013 at 10:04 am

This looks terrific. Thank you for doing this. My Mother in-law is diabetic & I’m always on the lookout for recipes like this that while healthy don’t sacrifice taste.
I found quite a few on the links you provided.
Thanks again.


16 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 17, 2013 at 8:46 pm

That’s great to hear! I’m glad you found some recipes that will work for her.


17 Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 17, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Your roast chicken looks perfect and I love the sound of that gravy!


18 Heather @girlichef September 19, 2013 at 6:57 am

You’re so right…there is just nothing like the welcoming aroma of a chicken roasting. For me, it is probably the ultimate comfort food. The color on yours is just stunning…and I have a feeling that I’ll be making it sooner rather than later. Gravy included!


19 Jeanette September 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I just made this Dara and it is gorgeous! Thank you!


20 Bryan September 20, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Well let see, it looks good & it sounds good. No one has cooked this as far as I can tell by comments. So I have no idea of how it came out & if it tasted good are not. Comments did not help me and probably anyone else. Thanks anyway.


21 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 20, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Hi Bryan, I don’t put any recipes on my site that I don’t stand by fully. However, if you’re referring to my comments in the post, I’m not sure what you’re talking about. There is a description of the roasted chicken and the gravy in the paragraph that starts, “This is a cookbook that I’ll turn to over and over again.” And this is a recipe that I’ll make over and over again. I hope that helps.


22 Frank @Memorie di Angelina October 10, 2013 at 10:15 am

What a beautiful crust on that chicken! And the gravy sounds incredible, too.


23 the psychopath test quotes October 7, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Your style is so unique in comparison to other people I have read stuff from.

Many thanks for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess
I will just bookmark this site.


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