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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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  • 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.
  • joannaw
    28 OCT, 2011
    Fantastic recipe. Did not make any changes, and it came out looking like something out of MSL! Best of all, because it bakes for about an hour, I took 10 mins to prepare this, then was able to sort laundry and play with my kids until dinner was ready, interrupting only to give it a stir/add an ingredient twice. Will make this again and again. We enjoyed the leftovers the next night, too.

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