Graniteware Roast Chicken – The Month of French

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Graniteware makes a wonderfully moist whole chicken
The Month of French - Graniteware Roast Chicken
Granite-ware roast chicken
Granite-ware Roast Chicken

My grandmother had one of these Graniteware roasters and she used it when she didn’t want to lug out the 18-quart Nesco roaster she always made her “world famous” holiday turkey in.

Naturally, when I found one of these abandoned when I moved into an apartment years ago, I snapped it up, washed it, and put it away. Occasionally, I would look at it and wonder why I kept it. Then, I found a use for it – well the top. I used it to cover my griddle when making grilled cheese sandwiches and to keep the house from smoking up when using the stovetop grill. Sad that the venerable pan was languishing like that.

Then, I remembered my grandmother making roast chicken in her roaster, and I thought, why not? The reason the pan does so well at retaining moisture is it has bumps on the lid. The liquid in the food condenses and via the bumps, drops down and self-bastes the food being roasted. No having to open the oven up and fight with a baster!

So, the method for this is pretty much the same as my Roast Turkey in the Nesco. Brine the chicken for at least an hour, inject it with liquid, rub it with seasoning, and roast. If you want to do this for a weeknight, just start brine the night before. Since you don’t have to jump up and baste, you can do another activity while the chicken is cooking, then leave the top off for the last half hour to get a nice, crispy skin.

What to Serve with Roast Chicken

If you have zucchini growing in your garden, there is nothing lovelier than Easy Zucchini Casserole in the Air Fryer, along with Baked Potato patties which can both be done in your air fryer.

Granite-ware roast chicken

The Month of French – Graniteware Roast Chicken

Graniteware makes a wonderfully moist whole chicken
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings (slide to adjust): 6 servings
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Difficulty: Easy
Newsletter: 2019-04-30
Calories per serving: 286kcal

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  • 1 Chicken , whole

— Brine —

— Injection —

  • 2 tablespoon Butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoon White wine

— Rub —

— Stuffing —

  • 2 Carrot
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 sticks Celery
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


For the Dry Brine

  • 2 tablespoon Salt, 1 tablespoon Brown sugar, 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
    Combine the ingredients for the brine and set them aside.

For the Injection

  • 2 tablespoon Butter, 2 tablespoon White wine
    Combine the ingredients for the injection and set them aside.

For the Rub

  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon Ozark seasoning, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon Herbs de Provence, 2 tablespoon Olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
    Combine the ingredients for the rub and set them aside.

For the Stuffing

  • 2 Carrot, 1 Onion, 2 sticks Celery
    For the stuffing, take the ends off the vegetables and stuff them in the inside cavity of the bird. Put the rest of the vegetables in the bottom of the roasting pan.
  • Take a paper towel and rub the excess brine off.
  • 1 Chicken
    Rub the chicken inside and out with the brine and let it sit in the refrigerator, uncovered, for at least two hours.
  • Truss the chicken and put it on top of the vegetables.
  • Inject the all over the chicken with the injection liquid.
  • Mix the rub together and rub it onto the chicken’s skin.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. When it reaches that temperature, put the chicken in the oven for 15 minutes, uncovered, then reduce the temperature to 350. Cover the chicken and roast covered until the last half hour, then roast uncovered so the skin can crisp up. The chicken should be roasted for 30 minutes per pound.
  • You will find there are delicious vegetables on the bottom of the pan, plus all those juices from the chicken to make a fine gravy.
    Roast Chicken


Please note that the sodium amount is not as high because you are rubbing most of it off after the brine. If you choose, you can even blot the bird with a wet paper towel to remove it completely. The flavor has already been absorbed by this point.


Serving: 342gCalories: 286kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 14gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 3632mgFiber: 6gSugar: 14g
Got Questions? Let me know!Mention @arbpen or tag #arbpen!

You can find a Graniteware Roaster brand new on Amazon, or you might be able to find one at a Salvation Army or other resale shop. Hint: by shopping at the resale shop not only are you helping reduce waste, but you are also helping a charitable organization help someone in need.

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2 thoughts on “Graniteware Roast Chicken – The Month of French”

  1. Hey there. I found your blog on Bing. I have one of these roasters and wasn’t sure what to do with it. Now I know. I will make sure to bookmark it and come back to read extra of your helpful info. Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely come back.

  2. Thanks for posting this recipe. I was looking for something simple and tasty for Easter. I’m tired of ham.

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