Your roast chicken will reach new heights with this simple sauce.



For the Chicken and Potatoes
For the Sauce


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place chicken, breast side up, on a baking sheet. Rub with 2 tablespoons oil; season generously with salt and pepper. Place parsley and 1 lemon half in cavity. Tie legs together with kitchen twine.

  • Toss potatoes and 2 tablespoons oil. Drizzle with juice from remaining lemon half. Season with salt and pepper. Scatter potatoes along chicken.

  • Roast for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 375 degrees; cook for 25 minutes. Rotate pan, toss potatoes, and cook until potatoes and chicken are golden brown and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken's thigh reaches 165 degrees, about 25 minutes more. Let chicken and potatoes stand for 10 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, make the sauce: Combine ingredients. After 10 minutes, brush sauce on chicken and drizzle on potatoes.

Reviews (4)

56 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
The freshness of the lemon harmonizes well with the other ingredients. Because we like dark meat, I used four legs-thighs and put a quarter of a small lemon and the parsley under each one. I didn't rub the chicken with olive oil and I only used one tablespoon for the potatoes. There was plenty of fat for the potatoes to roast in, but not too much. Also, 1 pound of potatoes is stingy for 6 servings. Next time I would make less sauce, perhaps by reducing the olive oil to 1/3 cup.
Rating: Unrated
Loved it! I had lots of juices in the pan, but the potatoes sort of fried in it. I actually turned each one over instead of tossing them once they had been cooking. I agree that the skin on the bottom wasn't crispy, but we don't ever eat that part anyways, so it didn't matter! The rest of the skin was perfect.
Rating: Unrated
Eh. The top of the chicken got nice and crispy but the bottom (and bottom of the sides), the skin limp and soggy from being right on the pan. I found the sauce very oily. Flavor was okay, but nothing exceptional. I'll be going back to my Cooks Illustrated roast chicken method.
Rating: Unrated
I really loved this sauce. Not so much a fan of roasting it all together. I had about an inch of juice in the pan so the potatoes were not crisp. Definitely make the sauce though. Here are my results: