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Rosemary Roast Chicken with Potatoes

Total Time
1 hr 2 min
Prep
7 min
Cook
55 min
Serves
8
Difficulty
Moderate
Rosemary’s assertive flavor goes particularly well with chicken and potatoes.
Ingredients

uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast(s)

3½ pound(s), butterflied (see step 2)

rosemary

4 tsp, fresh, chopped

garlic clove(s)

2 medium clove(s), minced

table salt

½ tsp

black pepper

½ tsp, freshly ground

uncooked Yukon gold potato(es)

2 pound(s), cut into 1-inch chunks

white wine

1 cup(s)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Spray the bottom of a broiler pan with nonstick spray.
  2. To butterfly the chicken, with a large knife or poultry shears, cut the chicken down the backbone. Turn the chicken, breast-side up, and push down on the backbone to flatten slightly.
  3. Combine the rosemary, garlic, 1⁄4 teaspoon of the salt, and 1⁄4 teaspoon of the pepper in a small bowl. Gently lift the skin from the chicken breast and legs; spread the herb mixture evenly under the skin. Place the chicken in the pan. Scatter the potatoes around the chicken; sprinkle the potatoes with the remaining 1⁄4 teaspoon salt and 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper.
  4. Roast the chicken and potatoes 20 minutes. Add 1⁄2 cup of the wine to the pan. Roast 15 minutes longer, then turn the potatoes and add the remaining 1⁄2 cup wine. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in a thigh registers 180°F and the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes longer. Cut the chicken into 8 pieces and serve with the potatoes. Remove the skin from the chicken before eating. Yields 1 piece chicken with 1⁄2 cup potatoes per serving.
Notes
To ensure even cooking the chickenis “butterflied,” that is, the bird is cut down the backbone and flattened. It’s a simple enough procedure, but you can ask the butcher to do it for you.

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