Champagne Roast Chicken with Grapes and Shallots | CaliGirlCooking.com
Champagne Roast Chicken with Grapes and Shallots
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 15 mins
 
A delicious, citrusy, champagne roast chicken served with roasted green grapes and shallots. Recipe adapted from Glamour's "Engagement Chicken."
Ingredients
  • 1 6- pound roaster chicken
  • ½ cup champagne or sparkling wine
  • Juice of ½ orange reserve other half of orange for stuffing chicken
  • Juice of ½ lemon reserve other half of lemon for stuffing chicken + 1 additional lemon
  • Salt & pepper
  • 3 shallots quartered
  • 2 cups green grapes halved
  • Fresh sage and thyme sprigs for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Remove innards from chicken and rinse with cold water. Let drain in a large colander for 2 minutes.
  3. Pat chicken dry and place in roasting pan, breast side down. Pour champagne/sparkling wine all over and inside the chicken. Do the same with the orange and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Place the juiced orange and lemon halves, their unjuiced other halves, plus the additional lemon, and stuff inside the chicken. Prick the whole lemon a few times with a fork before stuffing it to help release the juices inside the chicken.
  5. Place chicken in oven and turn down heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Roast, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove chicken from oven and, using tongs or wooden spoons, flip chicken over so that the breast side is now facing up.
  7. Return to oven and continue cooking until a meat thermometer inserted into the thigh reads 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Start checking the temperature after about an hour and a half. For the last 10-15 minutes of cooking, add shallots and grapes to bottom of roasting pan.
  8. Once meat thermometer reads 180 degrees Fahrenheit, remove from oven. Transfer grapes and shallots to a serving platter first, and then transfer chicken so it sits in the middle of the grapes and shallots. Garnish with fresh sage and thyme sprigs. Use a carving fork and knife to serve.
Recipe Notes

Wine Pairing Note: When a recipe involves wine, one of the most natural pairings will always be more of the same wine! That being said, I’d highly recommend that you just serve up the rest of whatever bottle of sparkling wine or champagne you use for the chicken. You could also pair a lovely chardonnay that is either partially oaked or not oaked at all, as you want some acidity to pair with the citrus flavors in the bird and the herbs garnishing it.