Fair warning: It will be hard determine if your favorite part of this dish is the fragrant spice-rubbed chicken, the crispy potatoes, or the bright and creamy green sauce. But you're in luck—you don't have to choose! All three components work in perfect harmony for this company-worthy winner of a roast chicken dinner.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2019


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Recipe Summary

25 mins
2 hrs 10 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine cumin, paprika, oregano, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. With kitchen shears, cut chicken along its backbone along one side; open like a book. Place on a rimmed baking sheet, breast-side up; press down flat. Rub all over with 2 tablespoons oil and grated garlic. Sprinkle with spice mixture. Let stand 1 hour (or refrigerate, covered, overnight).

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a saucepan, cover potatoes with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil; add a generous amount of salt. Boil until just tender, 11 to 13 minutes. Drain and immediately return to pan; toss with remaining 3 tablespoons oil and season with salt and pepper. (Potatoes will break apart slightly.)

  • Scatter potatoes around chicken.  Roast until chicken is golden and a thermometer inserted into thickest part of breast registers 160 degrees, 45 to 50 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate. Flip potatoes and continue to roast until golden and crisp, 5 to 10 minutes more.

  • Meanwhile, purée cilantro, jalapeño, chopped garlic, mayonnaise, lime juice, and 1 tablespoon water in a blender until smooth. (If sauce is too thick, add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time.) Season with salt.

  • Carve chicken and arrange on platter with potatoes. Sprinkle with cilantro leaves and serve with cilantro sauce and lime wedges on the side. 

Cook's Notes

We employ a technique in this recipe known as spatchcocking, which is when the backbone is removed from a whole chicken so it lays flat. This results in extra-crispy skin and a bird that cooks in well under an hour. Not sure where to start? Follow our guide on How to Spatchcock a Chicken