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Garlic and Herb Butterflied Chicken & Potatoes

January 24, 2024 2 min read

Garlic and Herb Butterflied Chicken & Potatoes


For the chicken & potatoes:

  • 2 small (organic if possible) whole chickens, butterflied or Spatchcock. (I asked the butcher to butterfly whole chickens for me)
  • 3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, washed, dried and cut into wedges


For the marinade:

  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced or pressed
  • 3 TBSP chopped fresh oregano
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • Juice from 1 lemon (about 2-3 TBSP)
  • 1 TBSP kosher or course sea salt
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper



  • To make the marinade; add all the marinade ingredients in a large bowl or container with a tight-fitting lid. Whisk well to combine. 
  • Add the chicken to the marinade bowl coating the chicken well and cover.
  • Refrigerator for at least six hours or overnight, flipping and re-distributing the marinade    over the chicken once about halfway through marinating time.


When ready to cook:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Spread potato wedges around a large roasting pan, leaving room in the center for the chickens.
  • Remove the chickens from the marinade and place skin side up in the pan. The potatoes should be surrounding the chickens.  
  •  Drizzle or brush the potatoes and chickens with some of the marinade and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Roast in the oven for about 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours or until the thickest part of the breast is 165 degrees.
  • Remove the chickens from the pan and tent with some aluminum foil to rest for 15-20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile gently stir the potatoes to coat with the juices then drain most of the pan juices from the potatoes (reserving the liquid) so the potatoes crisp up better.
  •  Return the potatoes to the oven to continue cooking until nice and crispy.
  • After the chicken has rested and potatoes are crisping up, cut up the chicken and serve alongside the potatoes, drizzling with the reserved juices.
  • Enjoy!


Recipe by Elizabeth Jackowitz

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