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Roast chicken with roasted grapes, honey butter, and pecan gravy. A perfect chicken dinner recipe for fall. Toss the extra roasted grapes on top of some sweet potatoes or into a chicken salad with your leftovers.

Roast chicken with grapes & pecan gravy

Roasting a chicken on top of grapes is a favorite fall dinner. The sweetened drippings produce a great base for an addictive gravy.

Course Dinner
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

HERB HONEY BUTTER

  • 2 sprigs rosemary finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs sage finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 3 Tbsp butter softened
  • 2 Tbsp pecans finely chopped

CHICKEN & GRAPES

  • 1 3-4 lb chicken air chilled
  • 1 apple quartered
  • 3 lb grapes see note

PECAN GRAVY

  • 2 Tbsp pan drippings from chicken
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Tbsp pecans chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth or drippings

Instructions

PREHEAT OVEN & OTHER PREP

  1. Preheat your oven to 400.

    In an oven-safe skillet, place the grapes all along the bottom (leave stems on).

    Finely chop the herbs. Chop 4 Tbsp of pecans (half will be stuffed into the chicken with the herb honey butter, and half will be reserved for the gravy).

HERB HONEY BUTTER

  1. Mix together all of the ingredients, reserving a couple pinches of salt (soft butter makes this easy). 

  2. Set aside several pinches of salt and pepper in a side dish (so you can grab it when your hands are covered in chicken guts).

PREP & STUFF THE CHICKEN

  1. DIRTY HANDS! Grab a bunch of paper towels and set them aside. Open your compost or garbage. You about about to dive into chicken gut territory and I am trying to save you from washing your hands 5 times during this process.

    Make sure your herb honey butter, apple quarters, and the salt+pepper you set aside are accessible and won't be contaminating anything else with your chicken-hands. If you are using a leave-in thermometer, get that ready too.

  2. CLEAN & DRY CHICKEN: Remove any giblets or bags of guts from the chicken. Discard or save for another use.

    Dry the breast-side of the chicken with a paper towel - this helps get a crispy skin.

  3. SPREAD HERB HONEY BUTTER: Take half of the butter mixture and spread it under the skin of one breast of the chicken and into the leg if you can reach it. Repeat with the other half of the chicken. 

  4. STUFF & DRY CHICKEN: Stuff the apple quarters into the chicken cavity. Then dry the chicken breast skin one more time. Get that good & dry!

  5. SALT THE SKIN: Grab the bowl with reserved salt & pepper and sprinkle it on top of the skin.

  6. Place the chicken on top of the grapes, breast side up.  If you are using a leave-in thermometer, place that in now.

    Now you can wash your hands!

COOK THE CHICKEN

  1. Cook the chicken in the 400-degree oven until it reaches about 140 degrees with a thermometer. THEN turn off the oven and let the chicken finish cooking until it reaches 160-165. 

    This method lets the chicken finish cooking a little more slowly, reducing the risk of over-cooking and drying out.

MAKE THE GRAVY

  1. After the chicken is done cooking, remove the pan from the oven. Set the chicken aside to cool. Put the grapes in a bowl.

  2. Remove all but 2 Tbsp of fatty pan drippings. Put the pan (that the chicken roasted in), on a burner over medium heat. Add in 2 Tbsp of flour and whisk to incorporate with the fat.

  3. Continue to whisk and cook until the flour smells cooked (a little toasted smell). 

  4. Then add in the chicken broth (or not-super-fatty drippings), about 1/4 cup at a time. Whisk until fully incorporated. Do not pour it all in at once - this makes it much more likely to get a clumpy gravy. 

  5. Once the gravy is the desired consistency, add in the pecans and cook for a few minutes. 

SERVE!

  1. Slice up the chicken and serve with grapes and gravy.

Recipe Notes

I encourage you to use different types of grapes so that each bite is different. Even though grapes come semi-pre-packaged in those bags, they are sold by the pound. That means, you can take 1-2 bunches of grapes, instead of the whole bag, allowing you to mix and match without buying a TON of grapes.