Cook a Holiday Feast: Roasted Chicken with Thyme

Substitute chicken for the traditional turkey for a low-carbon holiday meal this year.


  • In most areas, it's easier to find local, free-range chicken than turkey.
    Photo By Joe Lavine

Chicken Roasted with Thyme
Serves 4 

Chickens don’t emit huge amounts of methane (the gas cattle produce that contributes to global warming), and they require only 2 pounds of grain to produce a pound of meat, compared with about 6 pounds of grain for a feedlot cow and 3 pounds for a pig. Choose free-range chicken (it’s raised more humanely and is actually more nutritious) and local veggies and cream.

For Chicken:

1 whole roasting chicken
2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 bunch fresh thyme
2 celery stalks, havled lengthwise and crosswise
2 carrots, peeled and halved
1 medium onion, quartered



For Gravy:

1-1/2 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons whipping cream
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt



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