You will need:
1(6 pound) whole chicken that has been cleaned and patted dry.
5 carrots cut into large chunks
5 large celery stalks cut into large chunks
1 pound of small, baby potatoes cut in half
1 bulb of garlic cut in half
1 stalk of bruised lemongrass(trimmed)
1 package of roasted potatoes spices(follow the directions on the package but only rub about 1 Tbsp onto the actual potatoes)
3 Tbsp of softened butter
Dry rub for chicken:
1 Tbsp of Chinese five spice
1/2 tsp of poultry seasoning
1/2 tsp of paprika
1 1/4 tsp of salt
1 tsp of black pepper
2 tsp of garlic powder
1 tsp of onion powder
3 tsp of sugar
1/4 tsp of msg(optional)
Kitchen twine or string
For the gravy:
3 Tbsp of butter
3 Tbsp of sifted all purpose flour
about 2 cups of chicken broth(use your pan drippings and mix with chicken broth to total 2 cups)
salt, pepper, and sugar to taste
First, make your dry rub and then set aside. Next, remove giblets from the chicken, then wash it thoroughly(don't forget to clean the inside as well). Generously coat the chicken with the dry rub. Then, add some softened underneath the skin. Once done, salt and pepper the cavity and then add in your garlic and lemongrass. Take some kitchen twine and securely tie the legs together. Allow the chicken to rest overnight.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Take your chicken out of the fridge and allow it to come to room temp. Next, take your celery and carrots and place them into your roasting pan. Drizzle in some olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Do the same with the baby potatoes or use a package of roasted potato seasoning like I did in the video. Put your chicken directly on top of all the veggies and bake in the oven for 1 1/2 hours or until internal temp reaches 165 degrees. You may tent the chicken with foil if it gets too dark looking for you. Let chicken rest for 30 minutes before cutting into it. Remove the veggies from roasting pan and pour the liquid/drippings from the pan into a fat separator or measuring cup and scoop out most of the fat. Add in some chicken broth to make a total of 2 cups. Set aside.
On medium high heat, add in 3 Tbsp of butter into a hot, cast iron skillet. Turn the heat down to medium and cook until butter has completely melted. Then, add in 3 Tbsp of sifted flour and continue to whisk until smooth. Once it has started to turn color, slowly pour in your reserved drippings/chicken broth mix and continue to whisk. Add in some salt, pepper, and sugar, and taste check as you go along. Continue to cook until gravy has thickened, about 15 minutes or so. Transfer to gravy bowl.
Cut up your chicken and place on a platter along with your roasted veggies and homemade gravy!! YUMMY!!