Roast Chicken With Red Wine Sauce

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  • Serves 4
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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 693 calories
    • Fat 49 g
    • Sat Fat 13 g
    • Cholesterol 214 mg
    • Sodium 559 mg
    • Protein 52 g
    • Carbohydrate 3 g
    • Sugar 2 g
    • Fiber 1 g


  1. Check 8 ounces baby bella, cremini, or button mushrooms, sliced
  2. Check 2 cloves garlic
  3. Check 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  4. Check 2 tablespoons olive oil
  5. Check 1/2 cup dry red wine
  6. Check 1/3 cup canned diced tomatoes, drained (optional)
  7. Check 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  8. Check 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  9. Check 1 3 1/2- to 4-pound chicken, giblets removed
  10. Check 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  11. Check 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  12. Check 2 teaspoons olive oil


  1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position. Heat oven to 450° F. Place the mushrooms, garlic, and thyme in a large ovenproof skillet or small roasting pan, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the oil, and toss to coat. Place the wire rack on top of the vegetables. 
  2. Pat the chicken dry and place it in the pan. Tuck the wings beneath the chicken, as if it were placing its arms behind its head. Rub the remaining tablespoon of oil over the skin. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper. Toss the remaining salt into the cavity.
  3. Roast for 20 minutes. Add 1 cup water and roast until the chicken is cooked through and the thigh meat registers 180° F on a meat thermometer, about 40 minutes more. Use a spatula to loosen the chicken. With a wad of paper towels in each hand, transfer the bird to a cutting board. Let it rest for at least 15 minutes before carving.
  4. Place the pan containing the drippings over medium heat. Add the wine and tomatoes (if using) and cook, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan, until the sauce reduces slightly, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the cornstarch with 11/2 teaspoons water in a small bowl. Add the cornstarch mixture to the pan with the mustard and cook until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat. Spoon the sauce over the carved chicken