Welcome to my very first blog post! Time to get comfortable, I have so much to share. Lots of fun tips, along with recipes to keep you happy and healthy! Follow me by email to easily stay connected! Let’s get right to it. First up, Country Dinner.
I love gravy. Seriously, I could eat bowls full of gravy everyday, and I would be a happy camper. Shortly before I went paleo, a dear friend of mine served me the most amazing dinner I’ve ever had. Roasted chicken, veggies, gravy, and toasted bread. I nicknamed it country dinner, because it’s the most comforting meal ever.
After taking the plunge into the paleo lifestyle, I was determined to create a new version of this meal to suit my new way of eating. Thank you, Carissa, for inspiring me to create this amazing meal!
This is the perfect meal to serve to your family and friends. Or just serve it to yourself. It’s that good. I completed this meal with my super popular grain-free drop biscuits. Enjoy!
- 1 whole chicken
- 1 lemon, cut in half
- 1 large bunch of thyme/rosemary
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- Salt & Pepper
- Any veggies that you love roasted! There are no rules, have fun with it!
- I used the following – 3 Japanese purple yams, 4 carrots, 4 parsnips, 1 lb. brussels sprouts, 1 yellow onion (quartered)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 5-6 garlic cloves, minced
- Salt & Pepper
- Drippings/brown bits from chicken/veggies
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 tbsp arrowroot starch (optional)
- The updated recipe can be found HERE
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
First, chop up those veggies! Place the veggies in your roasting pan. Toss the veggies with the melted coconut oil, garlic, salt & pepper.
Time to wash your chicken! Remove the giblets; rinse the inside and out. Salt & pepper the inside of the chicken. Stuff the cavity with the lemon and thyme. Tie the legs together with twine (or thread, like I did). Place your chicken, breast side up on your rack, over the veggies. Rub the outside of the chicken with coconut oil and season with salt & pepper.
Roast the chicken for 1 ½ hours, or until it reaches 170 degrees.
Remove the chicken from the oven and set on a cutting board to rest, uncovered for 20 minutes. While the chicken is resting, let’s make the gravy!
Place the roasted veggies in a separate bowl. Pour the chicken broth into a blender. Use a wooden spoon to scrape all the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. You want all of those yummy brown bits! Add the drippings/bits to the blender. Add the arrowroot, if you’re using. Blend until smooth. Pour into a pan, and heat over medium low heat until hot and bubbly. (Another option is to add all of the ingredients directly into your pan, and blend with an immersion blender.)
Slice up the chicken and serve with the vegetables and biscuits. Pour the gravy over your entire plate, because gravy is delicious. Eat up!
Christy Frost says
DELICIOUS!!!! Can’t wait to make this!!!! Thank you!!!!
You are so sweet, Christy!! This is my all time favorite meal! Thank YOU for your support!!!
You nailed this recipe!!! This does look like comfort food at its finest!!! Can’t wait to try it!!!!
Thank you Deanna!! Your support means so much to me!!
You nailed this!!! This is comfort food at its finest!!! I can’t wait to try it!
This looked real good when Mike brought the leftovers into to work and ate it in front of us. LOL.jk. Looking forward to trying out this recipe too. Thanks for sharing
Haha, Tom! I gotta come by the station and make this for you guys! Thanks for checking out my blog!
Found you on instagram, how random is that! 🙂 Haha. I recently started whole30 (on day 24, actually!) & after this plan to go paleo. Excited about your blog!
I love it, Melissa!! So happy you found me!! What’s your IG name? Hope your whole 30 is going great, that’s how I got into paleo as well! Totally changed my life 🙂
LOVED the recipe when you made it for me. So glad to have the recipe now!
Linds, I gotta make this for you again with the biscuits! SO good!!
Jess @ PaleoJess says
The perfect family Sunday roast dinner
Exactly! I love making this dinner for my family! Anything with gravy 😉
Heather Crowe says
Can’t wait to make this soon!!! I’ve never made anything like this, I’m nervous to mess it up, lol!!! Love this and love you!!
I know you’ve made the biscuits before! 😉 It’s so easy, just takes awhile in the oven, promise! Let’s make it together when I visit!! Love you right back!!