Who doesn’t love simply roasted chicken and potatoes? Herb and Garlic Roasted Chicken with Dijon Rosemary Roasted Fingerling Potatoes is simply delicious!
There’s something deeply satisfying about roasting a whole chicken. The aroma, the breathtaking golden color and the oohs-and-ahs you receive from family and friends are all so gratifying.
Roasting a half-chicken is perfect for dinner for two. The size is right, and if you and your dining partner prefer different parts of the chicken (one prefers white meat and the other likes dark), you’ll both be happy.
Sure, leftover chicken is always great for making additional meals such as soup, enchiladas or salad. However, because it’s just my hubby and me, we can actually tire of chicken pretty darn quickly.
The Fresh Market and Whole Foods will do a special cut and sell you a half-chicken. If purchasing a whole chicken is your only option, you’ll need a good sharp knife or heavy-duty kitchen shears to cut it. Package the other half securely, and freeze for use at a later date. On the one you will be cooking, rinse, pat dry then tuck the tips of the wings behind the back for a nicer presentation and so the entire breast browns.
To me, the best roast chicken is simply prepared. This chicken is seasoned with only salt, pepper and herbes de Provence, a dried blend of thyme, savory, marjoram, rosemary and lavender. While you can make your own, Penzeys sells a great blend (which is what I use).
A half-chicken is easier to manage than a whole chicken, so I like to sear it in a nonstick pan before it goes into the oven to ensure a crispy skin. A nonstick pan ensures you won’t lose any of the skin.
Garlic cloves, fresh thyme and rosemary sprigs are placed under the chicken in a white wine and chicken broth combination. In addition to the juices that fall from the chicken, this creates an amazingly flavorful sauce to serve alongside.
Dijon and rosemary-roasted fingerling potatoes pair perfectly with this herb and garlic-roasted chicken and can be cooked in the same oven at the same temperature. Start the potatoes 15 minutes after the chicken so they’ll both be finished around the same time.
Some crusty bread, a fresh green salad or a simply cooked and seasoned green vegetable is all you need for a beautiful Provençal-inspired meal.