Roast Chicken with Potatoes, Lemon, & Asparagus

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by Amy Flanigan on October 11, 2011 · 15 comments

I couldn’t wait for Haley to start Kindergarten. Those extra hours that would finally be mine. I looked longingly at my to-do list of what I could finally get accomplished.

Then she started. And everyone on Facebook knows how that went down. Not even this or this or this could make me feel better. But let’s put aside the drama and emotion for a minute. My lists? Untouched. My fantasies of relaxing? Squashed. Like a bug. I cannot believe I actually have less time than I did before.

Instead, I pick her up each day and we both look at each other as if to say, “Can you get the license plate number of the truck that just hit me.” She’s exhausted from the 3-hour academic attack thrust upon her. And me? I’m exhausted from either helping in the classroom, or from racing around like a chicken with its head cut off, trying to jam in as much as possible during that precious and short-lived time.

I am grateful for simple, easy, few ingredient meals that deliver tons of flavor and are inexpensive. This has been one of my favorite dinners for a long time. Now, even more so.

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Roast Chicken with Potatoes, Lemon, and Asparagus
Serves 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour

• 1 1/2 pounds yellow or red new potatoes, halved
• 3 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
• Coarse salt and ground pepper
• 3 pounds bone-in chicken (legs and thighs)
• 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
• 1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges
• 6 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Place potatoes and half the butter in a shallow roasting pan; season with salt and pepper. Roast, tossing once, until potatoes are golden, 20 to 25 minutes.

Place chicken, skin side up, on top of potatoes; season with salt and pepper. Roast until chicken begins to brown, about 20 minutes.

Scatter asparagus, lemon, remaining butter, and thyme around chicken. Roast until asparagus is tender and chicken is opaque throughout, 15 minutes. Serve chicken, vegetables, and lemon drizzled with pan juices.

(originally from Martha Stewart)

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Stephanie October 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm

This looks quite tasty. And easy! How is Kindergarten going, anyway?!


Becki's Whole Life October 13, 2011 at 3:37 am

This looks yummy..and I love that you its a one dish meal! I hear you on the time zapping. My girls are both in school and it seems like we are 10X busier now than when they were in preschool.


Blog is the New Black October 13, 2011 at 1:03 am

Found you via Our Best Bites! Great site.


farida October 12, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Your chicken looks so fresh and delicious, i will try it soon, thanks for share.



Jenna October 12, 2011 at 7:34 am

Why is EVERYTHING you post so delicious?? I think my taste buds and yours must share some kind of genetic code.
Do you know I’ve made your chicken marsala no less than THREE TIMES in the past three weeks? And that I have plans to make it again this weekend? (this is from someone who rarely repeats a recipe) I even made a variation that I dubbed ‘bacon marsala.’ I think I’m obsessed.


Amy October 12, 2011 at 9:00 am

Hee hee. It’s totally possible. And the chicken marsala? I totally know. That dish…well, you know how I feel about that dish. And it’s hard for me to repeat recipes also. So much good stuff to try, not enough meals in the day. Thanks Jenna!


Eliana October 12, 2011 at 6:20 am

This lools like a perfect easy weeknight meal. Will be trying it for myself very soon.


Vicky October 12, 2011 at 4:38 am

Sounds like a perfect fuss free dinner meal!


Ali October 12, 2011 at 1:56 am

This is a perfect meal for a lazy sunday family lunch :) The chicken looks really good… mouth watering. I love this post. Great pic.


Joanne October 11, 2011 at 5:13 pm

I went to visit one of my friends who has three kids the other day and oy. I did not realize how crazy it is to have kids in school! So much homework to be done and playdates to schedule…who has time to even cook dinner?!?!?


Theresa October 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm

I am soooo putting this on the to do list for next week. Thanks for the great recipe!


Lisa October 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I remember those days when my 1st started kinder. My emotions took me by surprise, but I think it’s much worse today with the amount of homework they get. Loving this dish!


Sandi Benoit October 11, 2011 at 8:48 am

I just bought chicken yesterday and haven’t gotten around to freeing it…I think I know what I’m going to do today….. :)


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