One-Pan Roast Chicken and Potatoes
Sure, this dish can be a “toss and roast” affair—if you don’t mind eating flabby-skinned chicken and greasy, undercooked potatoes.
Why This Recipe Works
To make the classic combination of chicken and potatoes weeknight-friendly, we use our everyday skillet. In order to fit 2 pounds of potatoes into the 12-inch pan, we cut them into thick rounds. Browning the potatoes first on the stovetop ensures a deeply caramelized crust, and before putting them in the oven, we place the chicken right on top of the spuds where it bastes them with flavorful juices during roasting. While the chicken rests, we cover the pan and return the potatoes to the oven to finish softening. Finally, for a traditional but not boring spin on a classic, we flavor our bird with fresh thyme, smoky paprika, and tangy lemon zest.