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Playing Chef Robert Irvine's Halloween Roast Chicken


  • 1 5-pound free-range, whole chicken
  • 1 bunch thyme
  • 1 bunch rosemary
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 3 cups Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into large dice
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Grapeseed oil, for drizzling
  • Honey, for drizzling
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup demi glace
For the Parsnip Purée
  • 8 parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 quart milk
  • Salt and white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon butter


Serves: 4


Preheat oven to 350°F. Rinse the chicken and dry it well.

Stuff chicken cavity with herbs, lemon halves and garlic. Drizzle bird with oil and rub it all over; season with salt and pepper. Place chicken on a roasting rack set on a baking sheet. Roast for 1 hour and 45 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 160°F.

While the chicken roasts, place Brussels sprouts, squash, shallot and garlic in a large bowl and toss with the garlic, thyme, lemon juice, oil and honey. Season with salt and pepper. Place vegetables on a baking sheet and roast alongside the chicken for 20-30 minutes, until slightly caramelized and tender.

When the chicken is done, place drippings in a saucepot and add flour. Over low heat, stir to cook the flour, a minute or so, then add the stock and the demi glace. Bring to a slight simmer and reduce slowly for 3 minutes.

Serve chicken on a platter surrounded by the roasted veggies with the sauce on the side.

For the Parsnip Purée, place the parsnips in a pot with the milk. Bring to a boil and cook until tender. Strain parsnips in a colander, reserving the milk.

Purée parsnips in a vita prep or stand mixer until they reach a mashed potato-like consistency, using the reserved milk to thin them out if necessary. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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