Country French Chicken


Country French Chicken

Country French Chicken
1 Hr 40 Min

Country French Chicken takes your taste buds to the French countryside when you prepare this flavor-packed recipe for whole chicken and veggies that roast to tender perfection with white wine and fresh herbs.

What You'll Need

  • 2 small onions, cut into quarters, divided
  • 1 cup parsley sprigs, washed
  • 1 (4- to 5-pound) whole chicken
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
  • 1/3 cup white wine (optional)
  • 6 small red potatoes, cut in half
  • 8 ounces baby carrots

What to Do

  1. Soak a clay cooking pot and lid in water for 10 to 15 minutes. (See Note)
  2. Place half the onion quarters and the parsley in cavity of chicken. Tie the legs together with string and place in pot. Evenly sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper, and thyme. Add wine, if desired, potatoes, carrots, and remaining onion pieces around chicken. Cover pot with lid and place in cold oven.
  3. Bake at 450 degrees F for 90 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Carefully remove lid from pot and continue cooking 10 to 15 more minutes for a crisper chicken.


  • No clay pot? No problem! Simply use a heavy ceramic baking dish and cover it with foil.
  • Serve this up with a side of our cheesy Scalloped Potatoes!

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Each time I make it, it is better and better with little adjustments. I do add more carrots and potatoes then the recipe calls for.

Have not made this yet, but am wondering what advantage does cooking in a clay pot is there?

Cooking in a clay pot is a way of cooking your chicken without drying the chicken out. It keeps it moist and juicy.

What did you do to the website Just last week I could print the recipes without all the excess junk like more from around the web download coupons download a healthier food plan and 'healthier recipes I don't want all the extras in my printout of a recipe Before the change I could usually print out a recipe on one page of x paper Now it takes two because of the added to lines of printable space used on my paper If the Mr Food website wants to include some of the healthier tips and tricks then add them to the notes My recipe notebook is not the place to have excess website options or downloadable coupons or any food plans etc My notebook collection of recipes is not connected to my computer or any internet It's a notebook of recipes I like and want to try from the Mr FoodRead More website Please Please put the print function of the website back the way it was Thank you I can't even get the copy and paste option to work in Word from the Mr Food website I thought that might be a work-around but it doesn't work since I can't get the picture of the recipe If this problem isn't corrected I'll just not come to the Mr Food website anymore

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Does anyone have an original recipe for Cassoulet. It's a French peasant dish. Made in the early morning and dropped off at the bakers on their way to work and it cooked all day. Top of caserole dish was covered with a crude pastry that was discarded after cooking. It had sausages, pork, chicken, duck and more and beans, potatoes etc in the cassoulet dish. So does anyone have an original recipe?

Look up the cassoulet recipe in Julia Childs's French cookbook. I haven't tried it; but it should be authentic and good.

wonder if this would work with a turkey breast????

Where can I get clay cook pots

If you do a search on the internet for "clay cooking pot", you will find many online stores where you can order one. Thank you!

Kohl's have them in our town

Pampered chef sells them.

Just got a French Clay Pot and cooking away. I lot your website and so does my family!

I tried it, I have a really nice clay pot that I bought when I was stationed in Italy. Thanks for the tips, it was great.


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