Roasted Chicken with Brown Gravy

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours


6 servings

Updated: Sep. 15, 2023
Folks say this is the most delicious roasted chicken in brown sauce they've ever had. There's only one problem—there are never any leftovers! —Annie Tompkins, Deltona, Florida
Roasted Chicken with Brown Gravy Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme or rosemary, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3-1/2 to 4 pounds)
  • 3 bacon strips
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour


  1. Combine thyme or rosemary, salt, pepper and paprika; rub on outside of chicken and in cavity. Place on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Arrange bacon strips over breast portion of chicken. Bake, uncovered, at 450° for about 15 minutes. Add broth to pan; baste chicken with broth. Reduce heat to 350°. Bake, basting several times, until juices run clear, 1-1/4 hours. Remove chicken and keep warm. Place pan juices in saucepan; skim off excess fat. Combine water and flour; stir into juices. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, about 1 minute. If desired, crumble bacon into gravy. Serve gravy with chicken.
Test Kitchen Tips
  • Using beef broth adds deep, rich flavor to the gravy.
  • If you don’t have Italian seasoning, you can mix up your own with equal amounts of basil, thyme, rosemary and oregano. You can also add parsley flakes, marjoram, sage, savory or garlic powder.
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  • Nutrition Facts

    4 ounces cooked chicken with 1/4 cup gravy: 360 calories, 23g fat (7g saturated fat), 110mg cholesterol, 701mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 34g protein.