- 1 whole chicken (about 3-4 pounds)
- 4 medium red or yellow potatoes, sliced
- 1 medium red or yellow onion, sliced
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon rosemary
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 3 bay leaves
What You Do:
Preheat oven to 450F
In a large oven-safe pot (preferably round with high sides), line the bottom with the potatoes and onions.
In a small bowl, combine the olive oil through lemon juice and mix well.
Generously slather the olive oil rub over the entire chicken, making sure to spread it over the bottom as well. I also lifted up the skin in places and applied the rub underneath and directly on the chicken meat. This will really infuse the flavor of the rub during the roasting process.
Place the chicken bottom-side-down in the pot.
Place the bay leaves on the potatoes and onions around the chicken.
Cook the chicken covered on 450F for about 10-15 minutes. Then lower the temperature to 350F and cook the chicken for about 20 minutes per pound. If you aren’t sure exactly how heavy your chicken is, roast it for 30 minutes and then check the temperature with a meat thermometer – your chicken is ready when it reads 180F. (Since all ovens vary, you should always check the temp even if you do know the weight just to be sure it’s done).
Pro Tip: You can make a rub for this chicken out of some various ingredients depending on what you like. Substitute the rosemary for fresh chopped sage or thyme, and use 2 tablespoons of melted butter instead of the olive oil.