Saturday, September 20, 2008

Butterflied High-Roast Chicken w/ Crispy Potatoes

1 whole chicken, giblets removed
Coarse Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
2 Branches fresh rosemary/thyme.....I used dried Thyme & Basil
1 fresh Lemon, cut into 4 thin slices. (I didn't have lemon so I used
2 cloves garlic, thickly sliced
2 pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes, sliced into 1/8 inch thick rounds
1 Tbs. Coconut oil or Olive Oil

Preheat Oven to 425

Using heavy-duty kitchen shears or poultry shear, cut along both side of the
chicken's backbone and remove it. Save the backbone for homemade stock.
Breast side up, spread the chicken open, and press down with the palms of
your hands to splay out flat. Rinse the chickens and pat dry with paper
towels. At the top of the breast, loosed the skin so that you can insert
fingers between it and the meat. Spread about 1/2 tsp. salt and a few grinds
of pepper under the skin of each breast. Then insert spices (rosemary,
basil, thyme), citrus slices, and a few garlic slices under the skin of each
breast and push down near the thigh. Be careful not to tear the skin. Repeat
on other breast. Sprinkle the rest of the chicken with salt & pepper (I
rubbed with coconut oil first).

Gently toss the thin-sliced potatoes with the oil until thoroughly coated,
and season with salt & pepper. In the bottom half of a broiler pan, overlap
the potato slices, like fallen dominoes, in the rows the length of the pan,
and covering the entire bottom.

Place the slotted half of the broiler pan over the base, and set the
chicken, skin side up, on top. Press to flatten. Roast until the ski is
golden-crisp and the juices run clear, about 50 min to 1 hour. Thermometer
should read 160F in the thickest part of the breast. Set the chicken aside
on a cutting board, and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.

Meanwhile, if the potatoes have not turned crispy golden brown around the
edges, return them to the over while the chicken rests. Carve the chicken
and serve with the potato slices.

(I put mine back in for the 10 minutes and my family RAVED about them. I
served it with sauteed green beans/mushrooms).

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