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Tuscan Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

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Tuscan Roasted Chicken and Potatoes


  • 1 whole chicken cut in half (butterfly style)
  • 2 to 3 large sticks of rosemary (for chicken)
  • Fennel pollen
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sweet paprika
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 kg (2 lbs.) of potatoes
  • 2 sticks of rosemary(for potatoes)


  1. Wash the chicken well and dry with paper towels.
  2. Rub the chicken on both sides with salt, pepper, fennel pollen, paprika and garlic. Squeeze half of the lemon on each side of the chicken and drizzle some olive oil. Sprinkle some rosemary on the chicken.
  3. Prepare a small bowl with a mixture of these ingredients for brushing the marinade onto the chicken later (half of a lemon, salt, pepper, paprika, fennel pollen. garlic and olive oil).  Make sure to save a large stick of rosemary to use as a basting brush.
  4. Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut in medium sized wedges. Season them in a bowl with salt, pepper, paprika, rosemary, fennel pollen and garlic.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350° F (200° C).
  6. Place the chicken in a deep lasagna pan with potatoes (in a single layer)at the bottom, then a rack and then the chicken on top.
  7. Place in the center of the oven. Every 15 minutes or so use a stick of rosemary and brush the marinade on the chicken. When the chicken is golden, turn it over.
  8. It will be cooked in about 45 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken and your oven’s characteristics.
  9. You can also do this on the barbeque, but the potatoes will have to be cooked separately. You just need to turn the chicken more often to avoid burning it
  10. For really crispy finish: During the last 15 minutes of roasting, you can raise the oven temperature to 425F (215C) to get a crispier finish on the chicken and potatoes turning every 5 minutes to get an even crispiness. Otherwise you can place the pan under the broiler, but using this method you must watch the chicken and potatoes constantly, and turn the potatoes every minute or so, to ensure that they don't burn.