Roast Chicken with Apples, Fennel, and Italian Beer Sauce
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Rinse the inside of chicken; pat dry with paper towels. Skewer neck skin of chicken to back; tie legs to tail. Twist wing tips under back. Brush chicken with the 2 tablespoons melted butter; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place chicken, breast side down, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Roast chicken for 40 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in medium bowl combine fennel, potatoes, and onions. Drizzle with oil; toss to coat. Sprinkle with basil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
- Turn chicken breast side up. Baste chicken with a tablespoon or so of the lager. Arrange the vegetables around chicken in roasting pan. Roast for 25 minutes. Toss apples with the vegetable mixture; snip string between chicken legs. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes more or until drumsticks move easily in sockets and chicken juices run clear* (185 degrees F in inside thigh muscle) and potatoes are tender. Transfer chicken and apple-vegetable mixture to serving platter; cover. Let stand for 10 minutes before carving.
- Meanwhile, place roasting pan on burner over medium-high heat. Carefully add the remaining lager (beer will foam) and the chicken broth to pan. Cook and stir for 1 minute, using a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from bottom of roasting pan. In a medium saucepan melt 2 tablespoons butter; stir in flour. Pour liquid from roasting pan into saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly; cook and stir for 1 minute more. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve sauce with chicken and apple-vegetable mixture.
From the Test Kitchen
If chicken is done before potatoes are tender, carefully transfer bird to a platter. Cover and keep warm while vegetables continue to roast.
Nutrition Facts (Roast Chicken with Apples, Fennel, and Italian Beer Sauce)
- Per serving:
- 531 kcal ,
- 27 g fat
- (10 g sat. fat ,
- 4 g polyunsaturated fat ,
- 11 g monounsaturated fat ),
- 142 mg chol. ,
- 448 mg sodium ,
- 27 g carb. ,
- 5 g fiber ,
- 8 g sugar ,
- 42 g pro.
MHM1314 1099 Days Ago
This was very disappointing. You should put the potatoes in with the chicken from the get go. None of the vegetables or apples were properly roasted by the time the chicken was done. The sauce tastes like flour, none of the beer flavor comes through. The chicken itself is juicy but has no flavor. Threw out the blah bland leftovers, such a shame!