Grandma's Polish-Style Roast Chicken
From EatingWell: September 1997
Serve this spice-roasted chicken with buttered egg noodles and steamed green beans.
- 2 chickens, (3 1/2-4 pounds each)
- 1 onion, peeled and quartered
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled
- 2 tablespoons sweet Hungarian paprika
- 2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
- 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1/3 cup vodka
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
- 2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream, (optional)
- Position oven rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 350°F.
- Prepare chickens: Remove giblets. Place hearts, necks and gizzards in roasting pan and reserve livers for another use. Remove excess fat with a sharp knife. Dry insides with a paper towel. Loosen skin over breasts and thighs with your fingers to make pockets, being careful not to tear the skin.
- Combine onion, garlic, paprika, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper in a food processor or blender; puree until smooth.
- Spread 1/4 cup onion puree in the bottom of a roasting pan. Place chickens in pan, at least 1 inch apart. Rub 1 tablespoon puree into each cavity and spread remaining puree under skin. Tuck wings back and tie legs.
- Roast chickens for 20 minutes. Drizzle with 1/4 cup broth and roast for 40 minutes more, basting with pan drippings every 20 minutes. Tent the chickens with aluminum foil and continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, away from the bone, registers 180°F and the cavity juices run clear, about 30 minutes more .
- Transfer the chickens to a platter and cover with foil to keep warm; leave the giblets in pan.
- Pour the pan juices into a bowl and chill in freezer for 10 minutes to bring fat to the surface. Meanwhile, add remaining chicken broth and vodka to roasting pan and bring to a boil over medium heat, scraping up any browned bits adhering to the pan. Add any juices accumulated on chicken platter.
- Skim off fat from the chilled pan juices. Add the juices to roasting pan and return to a boil. Strain the juices through a fine sieve into a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Blend water and cornstarch in a small bowl; whisk into the simmering gravy. Cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Whisk in dill and sour cream, if using. Season with salt and pepper.
- Carve the chickens, discarding skin. Serve with the gravy.
Per serving: 329 calories; 11 g fat (3 g sat, 4 g mono); 136 mg cholesterol; 4 g carbohydrates; 45 g protein; 0 g fiber; 738 mg sodium; 408 mg potassium.
Exchanges: 3 1/2 lean meat
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- Ease of Preparation
- Type of Dish
- Main dish, poultry
- Other European
- Total Time
- More than 1 hour
- 8 or more
- Main Ingredient
- Preparation/ Technique
- September 1997