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Crisp-Skinned Chicken with Rosemary Potatoes

Kick up the classic combination of chicken, rosemary, and potatoes ever so slightly. The bird is rubbed with butter, salt, and -- the secret ingredient -- cornstarch. It's the key to the crunchy-crisp goodness of the skin. The potatoes, tossed with olive oil, develop a pale-golden crust while staying delectably tender within.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2011
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  • calebcrawford
    24 NOV, 2013
    so what do I do with the cornstarch? Direction #2 says to mix it with water, but never indicates what to do with it. I assume I rub it on the skin? Otherwise sounds like a tasty recipe
    • slacombe1937130
      16 APR, 2018
      I’m so sorry about the typos. I couldn’t correct it after i posted and couldn’t proof read. My apologies.
    • slacombe1937130
      16 APR, 2018
      I dont see where you see to mix with water. It states to mix cornstartch with salt then the combonstion is referred to as”salt mixture” and instructs us to 1st rub the butter on the dried chicken then sprinkle with the salt mixture (the cornstarch & salt combined). I realize this is late since your post was a few years sho nut i dtill felt compelled to snswer and maybe help you or someone else. Hope this helps.
  • amberjoanne
    6 JAN, 2014
    I have made this recipe many times from my tattered copy of the magazine in which it appeared and it is absolutely perfect. Both the chicken and the potatoes are delicious and savory, and the crispy skin just sends it over the top. Do it!
  • aricelarapoz
    1 NOV, 2013
    This is my go-to chicken recipe because we all love that crispy chicken skin. We ate this every Sunday night for months without getting tired of it. hma pro review
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  • Cedarleaf
    9 MAR, 2013
    This is a fantastic, simple, go-to recipe. It could not be easier. With a small organic chicken, it's pretty much foolproof. I am a former vegetarian who is still a bit squeamish about cooking meat, but as the main chef in our household, this is one recipe I can rely on. It always gets raves. I will try another reviewer's suggestion to skip boiling the potatoes. That would make this meal take about 7 minutes flat.
  • JoannaBanana416
    19 JAN, 2013
    WOW! I really impressed my mother-in-law with this recipe, and she is a roast chicken connoisseur. I also used a organic whole chicken from Whole Foods and I think it really contributed to the juiciness of this amazing recipe.
  • bethanz
    13 AUG, 2011
    Love this recipe! It's easy to make, I've made it several times for my family, and taught it to my married daughter who now uses it for her family! I use grapeseed oil instead of olive oil (olive oil turns to a trans fat when heated beyond 180* ) and I put a lemon in the cavity W/ more rosemary...A great meal any day of the week!!!
  • woodensandals
    8 AUG, 2011
    This is my go-to chicken recipe because we all love that crispy chicken skin. We ate this every Sunday night for months without getting tired of it. (stopped for summer grilling) Cooking the potatoes in the same pan really saves me a step from having to put together another side dish and I don't precook the potatoes because they cook through just right in the oven. We call them "fat potatoes" because they soak up all the chicken juices and then get crisp edges.
  • marymaryhart
    8 APR, 2011
    5 Star!! LOVE this recipe. I've made it many times and it's wonderful! It's become a staple in my home.
  • MLadner
    3 FEB, 2011
    Very easy, but I found it too salty. Next time, I'll try it with 1/2 teaspoon (or maybe even less) salt. I would also try fine rather than coarse salt so that there is a fine, even coating rather than clumps of big salt crystals.

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