Roasted Chicken and Potatoes with Yogurt, Lemon and Garlic

If you are wishing for an easy and rewarding rustic dinner then look no further than this Roasted Chicken with Yogurt, Lemon and Garlic. A whole roasted chicken is  a weeknight wonder, yielding a bounty of food with little effort. It will fill your home with comforting and tantalizing aromas as it cooks, amply feed a family of 4 with leftovers for lunch, and bestow you with the goods for a rich and restorative stock.

I roast a chicken nearly weekly in our home. For variety, it’s easy to change it up with a rub or marinade depending on the mood or season. Feeling spicy? Then try a marinade with Sriracha and serve over a bed of couscous. Prefer something cozy and traditional for a grey and rainy day? Then keep it simple with olive oil, rosemary, thyme and a pan gravy. If you are in the mood for exotic spice and aroma, like I was the other day, then try this recipe which infuses the bird with yogurt, lemon, garlic and ginger.

Roasted Chicken and Potatoes with Yogurt, Lemon and Garlic 

Serve with baby potatoes roasted in the pan juices. Serves 4 to 6.

For the chicken:
1 whole free-range or organic chicken, 4 to 5 pounds
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup whole milk Greek-style yogurt
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

For the potatoes:
2 pounds baby potatoes, halved if large
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt

Thirty minutes before roasting, remove the chicken from the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 425 F. Rinse the chicken all over and inside the cavity with cold water. Pat dry with paper towels. Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to blend. Rub the paste all over the outside of the chicken, between the skin and breast, and inside the cavity.  Place, breast-side up, in the center of a baking pan or oven proof skillet.

Prepare the potatoes: Toss the potatoes, olive oil, paprika and salt in a bowl. Scatter around the chicken. Place the pan in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven. Using tongs, carefully turn the chicken over, breast-side down. Stir the potatoes. Return to oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove and once again turn the chicken over, breast-side up. Return to oven and cook until chicken is thoroughly cooked and thigh juices run clear when pierced with a knife, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven. Transfer chicken to a cutting board. Tent with foil and let rest 10 to 15 minutes before carving. While the chicken is resting, return potatoes to oven to keep warm. Carve the chicken and return to skillet, nestling the meat between the potatoes in the pan juices.

If you like this, you might enjoy these recipes:
Braised Chicken in White Wine from TasteFood
Roast Chicken with Caramelized Shallots from David Lebovitz
Harvest Chicken Tortilla Soup from TasteFood
Peruvian Roast Chicken from Leite’s Culinaria

 

11 responses to “Roasted Chicken and Potatoes with Yogurt, Lemon and Garlic

  1. Pinned this! And I’m making it for Easter weekend. :)

  2. Just roasted chicken last night using the spatchcocked chicken recipe from Food52, which I’ve done many times, and made roasted potatoes too, but next time I’ll use this recipe for a change. It looks great, simplifies getting the potatoes roasted at the same time, and I get to use my homemade Greek yogurt. Thanks for sharing!

  3. With you re the weekly roasted chicken – love the yogurt here…

  4. That’s almost too pretty to eat. Ha, who am I kidding?

  5. I think that is a perfect roast chicken…love the color.

  6. Your amazing chicken with yogurt and cardamom is hands down my favorite roast chicken of all time. I’ll have to tear myself away from it to try this one. It looks like the perfect comfort meal for the snowy day we’re expecting in the mountains tomorrow :-)

  7. Yogurt is the greatest tenderizer! The picture of your chicken dinner is the epitome of a succulent & well roasted chicken! Who could ask for anything more?

  8. Sorry I meant to add….
    Do you season your iron skillet just before you use it? I am iron-skillet impaired and my food always stick to the bottom, horror! I do so want to master this pan!
    http://www.giddygastronome.com/

  9. I could eat just about anything scented with yogurt, lemon and garlic. This WILL BE next week’s chicken in our home.

  10. Yum, roast chicken is such a great way to start off the week!

  11. CHICKEN. O.O