roasted chicken pan sauce

Roasted Chicken Pan Sauce

October 30, 2022 1 Comment

This easy to make roasted chicken pan sauce will completely change the way you eat chicken forever.

Roasted Chicken Pan Sauce

From the recipe collection of Tara Ippolito.

This is the roasted chicken pan sauce that you’ve been looking for.

I promise that this recipe will change the way you eat chicken forever.

roasted chicken pan saue cover

The sauce is so easy to make and absolutely packed with flavor. I could eat this sauce all on its own if I could.

I love making roasted chicken but I felt like it was missing something.

My husband is a big chicken person in general. He orders it when we go out to eat almost every time.

halved game hens with rice and asapragus

I’d always look at his plated roasted chicken and think to myself that it looks way juicer than mine does.

The secret was in the sauce!

Once I finally realized what it was I was on a mission to make it.

plated game hens in sauce

Now this has become a family favorite recipe for us. Even my kids look forested to roasted chicken night.

This pan sauce is exactly what you need to take your roasted chicken to the next level.

I know if you try this recipe you’re going to love it just as much as we do.

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How do I roast my chicken?

This pan sauce works on any roasted chicken recipe.

If you’re looking for one I have a great recipe for Spatchcocked Chicken that’s delicious. Click HERE for that.

spatchcocked chicken

Otherwise use whatever recipe is you’re favorite.

Does this pan sauce only work on chicken?

No this pan sauce works for lots of different things.

I love this on roasted chicken but it’s also delicious for duck, game hens, turkey, pork and even steaks.

game hens with butter

If you cook your protein in a skillet instead of in a roasting pan keep the drippings in there and make the recipe according to the directions without adding them in from the roasting pan since there is not one being used.

What should I serve this with?

Sides are up to you of course but I do have some suggestions if you’d like some.

roasted frozen green beans

I love this roasted chicken with some rice but potatoes and a vegetable are a great idea, too.

Here are some ideas you might like.

Lemon and dill roasted potatoes

Roasted Chicken Pan Sauce Ingredients

half a game hen with pan sauce on it
  • Butter
  • Pan drippings
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • White wine
  • Chicken or veggie broth
  • Salt & pepper
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme


First, roast the chicken and remove it from the baking sheet.

roasted game hens

Now in a large skillet, melt the butter and sauté the celery, onions and garlic.

onion celery and garlic in a pan

The vegetables can be kept in large pieces because we’re going to strain it out later.

pan drippings

Then add all of the drippings from the pan that was left after roasting the chicken.

pan drippings added to the skillet and vegetables

Be sure to scrape everything off and get all of that good stuff.

Next add the wine and broth.

chicken stock being addee

Now season it with salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme.

white wine being added

After that, turn the heat up to medium high and let the liquid softly boil for about 4/5 minutes.

seasoning added to the pan sauce

The sauce is ready once it reduces by half. Add a little butter and stir it in.

bringing the pan sauce to a gentile boil

Finally strain the sauce into a small sauce pan to easily keep it warm if you need to.

straining the sauce into a sauce pan

Serve warm over the roasted chicken and enjoy.

sauce being poured onto the game hens

Roasted Chicken Pan Sauce Recipe Video

Roasted Chicken Pan Sauce

This easy to make pan sauce will change the way you eat chicken forever.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pan sauce, roasted chicken pan sauce, sauce for chicken


  • strainer


  • pan drippings ( try to scrape off every last drop
  • 2 tbs butter (divided)
  • 1 large onion (i chopped mine into big pieces)
  • 2 stalks celery (i chopped mine into big pieces)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 tbs thyme
  • 1 tbs rosemary
  • salt & pepper


  • In a large skillet melt half the butter and add the celery, garlic and onion. Saute for about 3 minutes.
  • Add into the pan the drippings from the baking sheet you roasted your chicken on, the wine and the chicken stock.
  • Season it with salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme and raise the heat until the liquid is at a soft boil.
  • Once the liquid reduces by about half ( should take no more than 5 minutes) add the rest of the butter and stir it in.
  • Strain the sauce over a small saucepan. You can keep the sauce warm on the stove until your ready to serve it on or next to your chicken. Enjoy!!
Tara Ippolito

About Al Dente Diva

Tara Ippolito is a self taught home cook from New Jersey and cookbook author of Fast, Simple, Delicious. Better known as “T” across social media, she makes easy to follow recipes using familiar ingredients. T uses her Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest channels to share recipes and cooking tips for everyday people. Her motivation to share with her followers is simple. To inspire people to cook and become more comfortable in the kitchen.

As a wife and busy mother of two little boys she she’s always cooking fast family friendly meals. Sharing her kitchen with others that want to learn is a true passion of hers. As her social media platforms continue to grow she is committed to delivering consistently delicious content to her followers.

Al Dente Diva

Hello there! My name is T & I’m a home cook from New Jersey. I love to share easy to make recipes, cooking tips & kitchen hacks with people who love to cook like I do. My recipes are all easy to follow & use ingredients most people are familiar with. Being a busy stay at home mother of two, I have to cook delicious budget friendly meals that are fast to make. I hope you find something helpful here. Thanks for coming by.

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