Roasted Sephardic (Yemenite) Chicken With Potatoes

Total Time
2hrs 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 2 hrs

This is so easy, you'll want to make it all the time. It's so tasty, you'll be craving it all the time! The best part is when someone bites into the potatoes and has that look of ecstasy.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 450deg F.
  2. In a large pan, place the chicken, potatoes, onions, red pepper, and the optional ingredients (if you're using them), and drizzle all the spices and olive oil on top, and mix well to coat everything (I recommend doing this with latex gloves as the turmeric can be a real pain to take off of skin!).
  3. Relayer so that the chicken skin side is up and that all the chicken is on one layer. Add the tomato slices (or whole cherry tomatoes).
  4. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30min.
  5. Reduce heat to 400degF, and continue cooking for 1 and a half hours longer.
  6. It's ready when a fork easily breaks the potatoes, and the chicken is soft.
  7. Remove foil, and broil for 3-5minutes until chicken skin and potatoes are crispy on top (careful not to burn!).
  8. Enjoy!


Most Helpful

I made the recipe last week with only chicken legs. The baking time is way too long and high for chicken parts (I cooked chicken with another recipe for this long/hot and it was bone dry). I ended up baking it at 400 degrees for 15 minutes and then lowered it to 375 for another 40. That was plenty to not only cook the legs through, but also the potatoes. I made my own Hawaij with a recipe I pulled off the internet. The chicken was very tasty; so were the potatoes. Definitively a keeper. Just not with those temps.

Patricia L. October 26, 2016

This is an awesome recipe. My children beg for it. I haven't been able to find the hawaij, and no one in our local Indian and Arabic stores have heard of it. However, it is fairly easy to mix on your own. And since it's a five spice mix, I suppose you can call it Hawaiij 5-O.

In lieu of it, I've added shawarma powder to the spice mix, and it gives it a nice kick. It's also very similar to hawaiij.

I also broil the chicken for about 15 minutes instead of five as it seems to come out crispier, but that may have more to do with my oven.

Duke of Prunes September 03, 2012

I used boneless skinless chicken breast and didn't do the broil part, but this still turned out to be a very nice dinner! I loved the spices together and the veggies and potatoes added a nice touch as well. Madoe for Let's Party 2011.

Chef Jean December 22, 2011

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