Butterflied Roasted Chicken on a Bed of Veggies with Moscato Grapefruit Gravy

I love roasting birds, everything from Cornish Game Hens to Ducks.  While I dabble in the exotic, it’s important to cook a mean Chicken.  That’s exactly what this is, with a sweet and bitter gravy that incorporates Moscato Champagne.  The meat will fall apart and the gravy will compliment that destruction well.


  • 1 Whole Fryer Chicken (3-5 Lbs)
  • 1/2 Onion Roughly Chopped
  • 3 Stalks Celery Roughly Chopped
  • 2 Bell Peppers Roughly Chopped
  • 8 Fingerling Potatoes Quartered
  • 4 Sweet Baby Yams Roughly Sliced 1/2′ Thick
  • 4 Garlic Cloves (3 Rough Chopped 1 Finely Diced)
  • 1/3 Cup McCormick’s Chicken Grill Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp McCormick’s Italian Herb Grinder Seasoning

Moscato Grapefruit Gravy Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Moscato Champagne
  • 1/3 Cup Grapefruit Juice
  • 1/3 Cup Pickle Juice
  • 1/3 Cup Bacon Fat (From about 3 Pieces of Bacon)


  1. Cut the Spine out of your Bird with Boning Scissors
  2. Preheat Oven to 425
  3. Chop up all your Veggies
  4. Put your Veggies in a Baking Dish
  5. Lay the Chicken on the Veggies
  6. Separate the Breast from the Skin
  7. Use your Bacon Fat that should be Solid, rub it ALL over the Bird, under the skin, on the skin, on the legs and thighs, all over!
  8. Rub some of the Seasonings under the Skin on the Breasts
  9. Rub the remaining Seasoning on the Bird and Pour the left over Seasoning on the Veggies
  10. Put the Chicken in the Oven for 15-20 Minutes until it is starting to brown slightly
  11. Lower Oven to 350
  12. Combine the Moscato, Pickle Juice, and Grapefruit Juice
  13. Set a timer for 20 Minutes
  14. Baste the Chicken with the Juice Mixture
  15. Set a timer for 15 Minutes
  16. Baste again
  17. Continue until the Chicken has been in the oven for about 1 1/2 Hours
  18. Remove from Oven
  19. Pour the Drippings into a Sauce Pan after removing the Chicken and Veggies
  20. Add the Remaining Juice
  21. Heat to High
  22. Bring to a Boil
  23. Lower to a Simmer for between 15-20 Minutes
  24. It will be a watery and fatty unless you add flour, I just leave mine au natural

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