Ingredients

1 - 3 1/2 pound whole chicken
1 whole clove garlic, smashed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 sprig fresh rosemary
15 sage leaves
6 sprigs thyme
2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch slices

Cranberry Gravy
Neck, heart and gizzard from the bird
1/2 onion, peeled and sliced
4 whole cloves
1 clove garlic, sliced
10 peppercorns
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 cup low-sodium chicken stock 
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup cran-apple juice
2 tablespoons dried cranberries
1 1/2 tablespoons arrowroot mixed with 3 tablespoons cran-apple juice

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350F.

2. Wash the chicken inside and out and drain. Rub the inside with garlic and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stuff the herbs into the cavity and tie the legs together. Place on a rack in a roasting pan large enough to hold the chicken and the sweet potatoes. Bake until the internal temperature reaches 165F, about 1 1/2 hours. After 1 hour, put the sweet potatoes in the pan and let them bake for the remaining 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer the chicken and sweet potatoes to a carving board, reserving the cooking juices in the pan.

3. In a saucepan, combine the chicken parts, onion, cloves, garlic, peppercorns, rosemary, chicken stock, salt, and 1 cup of the cranberry juice. Cover, bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 1 hour.

4. After the chicken has been removed from the oven, finish the gravy by straining a little of the cranberry sauce into the roasting pan to deglaze it. Then pour the pan residue into a fat strainer. Pour the defatted juices into a medium-sized saucepan with the rest of the strained gravy liquid, add the remaining 1/2 cup of cran-apple juice and the dried cranberries, and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, stir in the arrowroot mixture, return to the heat, and bring to a boil to thicken and clear, about 30 seconds.

5. Carve the chicken into thin slices and serve with the gravy and sweet potatoes.

Graham Kerr makes a whole roast chicken with a tangy no-fat cranberry gravy. The pan roasted sweet potatoes are a wonderful alternative to plain potatoes.

Roasted Chicken with Cranberry Gravy
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