High Roasted Chicken and Potatoes
photo by breezermom
- Ready In:
- 1hr 30mins
- 1 cup kosher salt or 1/2 cup table salt (for brine)
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1 whole chicken (3 1/2 to 4 pounds)
- 3 tablespoons garlic butter, for, placing, under, skin, optional
- 2 1⁄2 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick (4 to 5 medium)
- vegetable oil cooking spray
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt (for potatoes)
- black pepper
- Dissolve salt and sugar in 2 quarts cold water in large container.
- Immerse chicken and refrigerate until fully seasoned, minimum 1 hour, maximum 4 hours.
- If you're planning on cooking immediately adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 500 degrees.
- Line bottom of broiler pan with aluminum foil and spray with spray.
- Remove chicken from brine, rinse with water.
- Butterfly chicken, flatten breastbone and smeer on flavored butter.
- Place chicken on the top of the broiler pan.
- For the crispest skin the bird should be placed, uncovered in the fridge for 8 hrs or overnight, Toss potatoes with oil, salt, and pepper in medium bowl.
- Spread potatoes in even layer in foil-lined broiler pan bottom.
- Place broiler pan rack with chicken on top.
- Rub chicken with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and sprinkle with pepper.
- Roast chicken until spotty brown, about 20 minutes.
- Rotate pan and continue to roast until skin has crisped and turned deep brown-- 20-25 minutes longer.
- A thermometer should registers 160 degrees in thickest part of breast Transfer chicken to cutting board and tent with foil.
- Remove HOT broiler pan rack; soak up excess grease from potatoes with paper towels.
- Carefully peel back foil, using a metal spatula to help scrape potatoes off foil as needed.
- With additional paper towels, pat off remaining grease.
- Cut chicken into serving pieces and serve with potatoes.
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Steve this was such a neat recipe in that you bake the chicken and potatoes separately but in the same pan - easy cleanup. The chicken was moist and flavorful (garlic) as were the potatoes which my family devoured. I like that this recipe calls for you to butterfly the chicken rather than baking the bird intact - makes for a nice presentation. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!
Oh this is so very nice. Absolutely wonderful smells came from my kitchen this weekend when I made this bird. The brine keeps the chicken so moist and tender and the garlic & butter drippings on the potatoes added excellent flavor. I loved the presentation of this dish and added fresh green beans and crusty rolls on the side. Thanks so much! Loved this one Steve!
Very good, I especially loved the potatoes done this way. I added some chopped carrots too. It would be good with chunks of onion as well. The chicken seemed perfect, done in a 450 oven , I was afraid to put mine on 500. DH wasn't home until it had cooled down so I reheated it in a 350 oven uncovered after breaking it into pieces. This really dried the chicken. So serve this immediately or find a way to keep the chicken moist while re-heating. I had also drained the pan and made a sauce from the drippings with rice flour, Helmans olive oil mayonnaise (soy free) and water which was nice. Therefore there were no juices in the pan upon re-heating either. The chicken was soaked for 1 1/2 hours. I used olive oil and crushed garlic in replacement of the garlic butter and I did not leave the chicken in the fridge after removing it from soaking but dried it off. It crisped a bit but not as much as I would have liked. (Did not try cornstarch to crisp it because of allergy) I had no problem with the potatoes being too greasy because I cut off much of the extra skin. I served it with a salad on the side. Would try this recipe again for sure.
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LOVELY, LOVELY! This is the 3rd grilled chicken recipe that I tried from recipezaar. When I wanted to make grill chicken again, my hubby requested for a repeat of this (thumbs up!). I used molasses instead of sugar and I pressed some, ok lots of garlic to mix with butter with extra portion. While the grill is still hot after the chicken is out, I toasted some bread and spread the extra portion of garlic butter. Mmmmm.... The potatoes were very good too. I threw in some sliced carrots in with the potatoes and in the last 15 minutes, added some onion wedges as well. Thank you for posting this!