Maple-Glazed Chicken and Crispy Potatoes

A juicy whole chicken with a sweet maple glaze, crispy potatoes and a fresh green salad in under 30 minutes? Yes, please! The trick is to break down the chicken into smaller pieces so it cooks faster in the oven.
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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Potatoes:

Chicken:

Salad:

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. For the potatoes: Place the potatoes in a medium saucepan, cover with cold water by 1 inch and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife, about 15 minutes. (This is a good time to start the chicken.)
  3. Drain the potatoes and transfer to a large skillet (not nonstick). Gently flatten the potatoes so the skin bursts but the potatoes still hold together (see Cook's Note).
  4. Drizzle the olive oil all over the potatoes and set the skillet over medium heat. Cook for about 8 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the potatoes are golden brown on both sides. Sprinkle all over with the seasoned salt and gently toss to coat.
  5. For the chicken: Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil to the skillet and make sure it gets very hot. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and sprinkle all over with the seasoned salt. Place the chicken skin-side down in the skillet and cook, undisturbed, until the skin is golden but not too dark, 4 to 5 minutes. Without flipping the chicken over, bake until firm to the touch and an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part (avoiding the bone) registers 165 degrees F, 12 to 14 minutes. (This is a good time to finish the potatoes.)
  6. Remove the skillet from the oven and flip the chicken. Brush the skin with the maple syrup. Drizzle any of the remaining maple syrup over the chicken.
  7. For the salad: Whisk the vinegar, garlic, mustard, maple syrup, salt and olive oil together in a medium bowl until combined; season with pepper. Set aside so the garlic can infuse the dressing, about 5 minutes. Remove the garlic and lightly toss the lettuce with the dressing in the bowl. 

Cook’s Note

An 8-inch round cake pan makes quick work of flattening the potatoes in the skillet.

Michael Solomonov

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