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Roast Chicken with Potatoes, Lemon, and Asparagus

One whole chicken, cut up, and a single pan -- plus some citrus, new potatoes, butter and newly in-season asparagus -- create the ideal meal to welcome spring.

Source: Everyday Food, April 2007
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Cook's Notes

We like dark, crispy skin; to achieve this, use a shallow roasting pan (that means 3 inches deep or less). Deeper pans trap more steam, which keeps meats from browning well.

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  • CKL17431326
    18 FEB, 2019
    I've made this a couple of times; it's very tasty! The first I followed the recipe exactly. But after that I just used thighs and breasts.
  • nighto
    8 APR, 2008
    WHy can't I get the recipe to come up on this page. I am just seeing the photo.
    • ALR11450583DW
      15 MAR, 2018
      INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 pounds new potatoes, halved 
 3 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces 
 Coarse salt and ground pepper 
 1 package cut-up whole chicken (about 3 pounds) 
 1 bunch asparagus (1 pound), trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces 
 1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges 
 6 sprigs fresh thyme DIRECTIONS * 1. 
Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Place potatoes and half the butter in a roasting pan; season with salt and pepper. Roast, tossing once, until potatoes are golden, 20 to 25 minutes. 
 * 2. 
Place chicken, skin side up, on top of potatoes; season with salt and pepper. Roast until chicken begins to brown, about 20 minutes. 
 * 3. 
Scatter asparagus, lemon, remaining butter, and thyme around chicken. Roast until asparagus is tender and chicken is opaque throughout 5 to 15 minutes. Serve chicken, vegetables, and lemon drizzled with pan juices. 
 COOK'S NOTES We like dark, crispy skin; to achieve this, use a shallow roasting pan (that means 3 inches deep or less). Deeper pans trap more steam, which keeps meats from browning well.
  • rebeccacarroll7
    18 DEC, 2017
    Personally I LOVE this recipe! I like to make it with green beans instead of asparagus and I like to add ground sage as well. Plus when you put alittle butter on the chicken while you add the veggies it creates great crispy skin.
  • wibaker12
    13 APR, 2015
    Great recipe and easy, not many ingredients needed to make this delicious entree. You must try, followed instructions and turned out great.
  • erinlp1983
    11 NOV, 2014
    It was fantastic! Everything about it was refreshing, light in addition to being totally easy. Will certainly make this again!
  • MS10606290
    15 JUN, 2014
    This was such a great recipe, super easy, super good! My husband said it's a keeper! I'm trying it on the family tonight
  • Vlajomo
    4 MAY, 2014
    This meal was every so easy and even more delicious than it looked, and it looked as good as it did here. Thank you! Will definitely make it again.
  • BrocanteRachel
    1 MAY, 2014
    Excellent! Easy and tasted great! But, how do I find out nutrition info such as number of calories per serving?
  • LoriBLV
    3 JAN, 2013
    Fantastic. I tried as much as possible to stick with the recipe since everyone raved about it. I'm glad I did. It came out perfectly. This is a much higher temperature than I normally would have roasted chicken-- and it was fantastic. I didn't have new potatoes, but I chopped russets to the same size and they were delicious. Easy. Easy to clean up. Came out great and my house smells fantastic!
  • demelza3968390
    14 MAR, 2012
    Excellent exactly as written. This is extremely simple, with very few ingredients, yet the result was worthy of a restaurant. I will definitely make this again.

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