Recipe courtesy of Elena Besser

Roast Chicken with Chicken Fat Potatoes

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 35 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Everyone is looking for that incredible whole-roasted chicken they can make over and over again. I’ll show you how to make a beautiful chicken with potatoes that are cooked in the chicken’s drippings. Best part? It all happens in one pan. Big flavor with minimal cleanup— that's my kind of meal. If fennel isn’t your thing, swap it out for an onion or omit it all together (the seeds, too).



  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Sprinkle the cavity and the exterior of the chicken with salt, pepper and the fennel seeds. Stuff the cavity of the chicken with the lemon slices and 7 to 8 thyme sprigs.  
  3. Add the potatoes and fennel to a roasting pan, Dutch oven or cast-iron skillet. Drizzle with the oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss together to evenly coat. Top with the remaining 2 to 3  thyme sprigs. Place the chicken on top of the potatoes and fennel and place on the lower rack of the oven. Cook until the chicken is golden brown and crispy and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the chicken registers 160 to 165 degrees F, about 50 minutes. 
  4. Use tongs to transfer the chicken to a cutting board, letting any extra juices drip onto the potatoes and fennel. Allow the chicken to rest so the juices redistribute into the meat, 25 to 30 minutes. Toss the vegetables to coat in the chicken juices using a large spoon and continue to cook until crisp, about 15 minutes.  
  5. To quarter the chicken, start by removing the thighs and legs and then move to the breast meat. Serve the chicken with the potatoes and fennel, garnish with the reserved fennel fronds and enjoy!

Cook’s Note

The chicken will take 45 minutes to 1 hour to come to room temperature. If the potatoes are large, halve or quarter them.