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Recipe for Slow Roasted Chicken With Potatoes and Herbs
Chicken roasted with potatoes is a classic dish that’s perfect for cold winter nights. But many people shy away from chicken for fear of under- or overcooking the poultry. Undercooking chicken can cause serious illness, while overcooked poultry can be dry and void of flavor.
But even novice cooks can conquer their fears of overcooking chicken. Slow roasting chicken is a foolproof method to avoid overcooking the bird, as the process cooks the bird for hours on end but still ensures a juicy and flavorful final product. Those who want to enjoy roasted chicken without worrying about underor overcooking their birds can employ the following recipe for ‘Slow Roasted Chicken With Potatoes and Herbs’ from Andrew Schloss’ ‘Cooking Slow: Recipes for Slowing Down and Cooking More’ (Chronicle Books).
Slow Roasted Chicken With Potatoes and Herbs Serves 4 1 chicken, about 4 lbs., ideally organic free-range 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs, such as flat-leaf parsley, rosemary or thyme, or a combination thereof 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 lbs. russet potatoes, scrubbed but not peeled, cut into slices 1/2-inch thick 1 medium yellow onion, halved lengthwise and cut into slices 1/4-inch thick Coarse sea salt Freshly ground black pepper Remove the giblets from the chicken and discard (or save for another use). Rinse the chicken inside and out and pat dry with paper towels.
At least 1 hour before you plan to start roasting the chicken or up to the night before, season the chicken inside and out with 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. If starting more than 1 hour ahead, refrigerate the chicken, uncovered, up to 12 hours; remove from the refrigerator 1 hour before you plan to start roasting, to take the chill off.
Preheat the oven to 450 F. In a small bowl, stir together the herbs and garlic. Set aside.
Heat the oil in a large castiron skillet over high heat until very hot. Working in batches to cook in a single layer without the slices overlapping, cook the potatoes until nicely browned on both sides in batches so that the slices do not overlap. When browned, remove to a plate and brown the rest.
Lower the heat to medium, add the onion and sauté until tender and lightly browned. Return the potatoes to the pan, season with salt and pepper and one-third of the herb mixture, and toss to coat.
Rub the remaining herb mixture all over the chicken. Place breast-side down on the potatoes and roast in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 175 F, turn the chicken breast-side up, return to the oven and roast until a thermometer inserted into a thigh registers 170 F, 4 to 6 hours. Timing is not crucial; at that temperature the chicken will not overcook.
To finish, raise the oven temperature to 500 F and roast until the skin of the chicken is brown and crisp, about 10 minutes.
Carve the chicken into serving pieces and serve with the potatoes.