We've adapted a fall favorite, roast chicken, for the warmer months by using bone-in breasts to cut the cooking time in half. Baked on a bed of leeks, carrots, and bread cubes that soak up the meat's flavorful juices, this one-pan meal is worthy of a special occasion.

Martha Stewart Living, May 2021


Credit: David Malosh

Recipe Summary

35 mins
1 hr


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Pat chicken dry; season generously with salt and pepper. Heat a large, heavy ovenproof skillet (such as cast iron) over medium-high. Add butter and 1 tablespoon oil. When butter melts and foam subsides, add chicken, skin-sides down. Cook, undisturbed, until skin lifts easily from skillet and forms a golden-brown crust, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate, skin-sides up.

  • Add leeks, carrots, bread cubes, garlic, lemon zest, and remaining 2 tablespoons oil to skillet, stirring to evenly coat; season with salt and pepper. Return chicken and any accumulated juices to skillet, arranging breasts on top of vegetables in a single layer, skin-sides up.

  • Roast until a thermometer inserted into thickest part of breasts reads 160°F, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and loosely cover to keep warm. Stir mint into skillet; return to oven. Roast until vegetables are tender and golden and bread turns crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice into vegetable mixture and sprinkle with more mint leaves. Drizzle remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice over rested chicken. Carve chicken; serve with vegetable mixture.

Cook's Notes

To clean leeks, submerge sliced rounds in a bowl of water and agitate them with your hands to loosen any dirt. Keep them in the water, undisturbed, a minute or two longer to let the dirt sink to the bottom of the bowl, then lift them out with a slotted spoon to drain.