Roast Basil Chicken, Basil Baby Potatoes, Frisee Plum Salad

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Kosher salt

3 cups fresh basil leaves

1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 clove garlic, grated

Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

1 3 1/2-pound chicken

Freshly ground pepper

1 1/2 pounds baby potatoes

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 head frisee, torn (about 5 cups)

2 plums, cut into 1/2-inch wedges


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and set a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet. Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add 2 cups basil; cook 30 seconds, then drain and rinse under cold water. Transfer to a food processor and puree with the butter, garlic, lemon zest and 1/2 teaspoon salt until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Spatchcock the chicken: Cut along each side of the backbone with kitchen shears; discard the backbone. Open the chicken like a book; flip over. Press down on the backbone to flatten. Gently loosen the skin from the breasts and thighs using your fingers. Transfer half of the basil butter to a bowl and rub all over the chicken and under the skin; season with salt and pepper. Transfer skin-side up to the rack. Roast until the skin is browned and crisp and a thermometer inserted into a thigh registers 165 degrees F, about 45 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, fill a medium saucepan with water; season with salt and add the potatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 12 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl; toss with half of the remaining basil butter and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Whisk the vinegar and mustard in a large bowl. Gradually whisk in the olive oil. Add the frisee, plums and the remaining 1 cup basil. Season with salt and pepper; gently toss to coat. Spread the remaining basil butter over the chicken; carve. Serve with the potatoes and salad.
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