Lemon-Roasted Chicken with Potatoes

Recipe by Martha Stewart.

Ingredients

  • 2 russet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • Coarse salt to taste
  • 1 whole chicken (about 6 pounds)
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 12 stems of fresh thyme, plus more for garnish
  • 2  lemons, 1 thinly sliced and 1 halved
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions

1. Preheat oven to *375 degrees. Cook potatoes in simmering salted water until just tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain.

2. Place chicken in a roasting pan, breast side up. Scatter potatoes, garlic, 6 thyme stems, and 1/2 of the lemon slices around chicken. Dot potatoes with the  butter divided into small pieces.

3. Stuff chicken cavity with 1 lemon half and 3 thyme stems. Rub the olive oil all over the skin.

4. With your fingers, loosen skin from chicken breasts. Push remaining lemon slices and thyme stems under skin in a single layer. Squeeze juice from remaining lemon half over chicken and potatoes, and season with salt and pepper.

5. Roast, turning potatoes 2 or 3 times, until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of chicken thigh registers 160 degrees, about 1 1/2 hours. Let stand for 15 minutes. Garnish with thyme sprigs.

*”You can successfully roast a chicken at pretty much any oven temperature, though the timing and results will vary. Go low and slow for a very tender, falling-off-the-bone flesh and softer skin (say, 300 to 350 degrees for 1 ½ to 2 hours or so). Or roast it fast and furiously for less time for crisp, dark brown skin and firmer, chewier flesh (between 375 and 500 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours).” From NYT Cooking