Crispy Rosemary Chicken and Potatoes

Posted by Karin on June 1, 2021
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Made with fresh rosemary, lemon juice, and olive oil, this Crispy Rosemary Chicken and Potatoes recipe is the perfect Whole30 and Paleo meal prep option your whole family will love. Make it ahead of time for easy dinners or healthy lunches! 

This Rosemary Chicken is the best set it and forget it type of recipe for busy weeknights when you just can’t be bothered to stand in front of the stovetop for an hour. Made with simple, fresh ingredients, it has become a go-to of mine that my whole family loves, even my kids! The prep time takes minutes. Then, all you have to do is set the oven timer, and come back in an hour to find delicious, juicy chicken and potatoes.

With recipes like Lemon Garlic Chicken, Whole30 Lemon Chicken Piccata, and Grilled Chicken Kabobs, I’m not new to creating delicious chicken. However, this recipe is definitely among the list of my favorites. What I love most is that it tastes like something that should be bad for you, but it’s made with super nutritious ingredients for a meal you can feel good about feeding your family. Plus, it’s Whole30 and Paleo to fit all your dietary needs. Whether you dress it up or dress it down, I know you’re going to love this recipe. 

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How to Make the Perfect Baked Rosemary Chicken

The key to keeping this chicken recipe moist and juicy is the use of olive oil. For more tips and tricks to make delicious baked chicken with every recipe, take a look at this article. However, to make this lemon rosemary chicken recipe follow the steps below. 

First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, place the chicken on a large baking sheet, and sprinkle it with half the garlic, salt, pepper, and rosemary.

Next, toss the remainder of the spices, salt, pepper, olive oil, and garlic in a medium-sized bowl. Once well mixed, scatter the seasonings over the chicken, and place the baking sheet in the oven. 

Let the chicken thighs bake uncovered for roughly 1 hour or until the chicken thighs have cooked and the potatoes have reached the desired crispiness. 

Serve, and enjoy! 

How Do You Make Potatoes Crispy?

While the key to creating juicy chicken is to cover it with olive oil, the opposite is true to create crispy potatoes. While the oil helps the seasonings stick to the potatoes and adds delicious flavor, it also creates soft, mushy potatoes. To prevent this, add as little oil to the potatoes as possible. Then, the long, slow roasting time helps to cook them through while searing the outside skin. 

For even better results, be sure to cut any potato pieces in even chunks, space them evenly on the tray, and flip them over halfway through cooking. If you want to take it one step even further, you can also let the potatoes soak in cold water roughly 30 minutes before cooking. This will help wash off any excess starch that will cause sogginess. 

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What to Serve with Lemon Rosemary Chicken

To make this recipe a complete meal, I love to pair it with fresh veggies. Of course, a mixed greens salad is always an easy, crowd-pleasing option. Yet, if you’ve got a little more time on your hands it’s excellent with Perfect Roasted Green Beans, Roasted asparagus, Sautéed Baby Bok Choy, and more. The truth is, you really can’t go wrong. 

Baked Chicken and Potatoes Meal Prep & Storage

Life can get hectic, and we don’t always have tons of time to create elaborate recipes. Luckily, this can be prepared ahead of time and popped in the oven, skillet, or microwave to reheat! 

To store your rosemary chicken, let it cool completely after cooking. Then, place it in an airtight container for up to 3 or 4 days. In addition, while I don’t recommend freezing this recipe, it can be done. Just be warned that any potatoes that are not covered super well may turn a blackish color! Also, cooked potatoes should not be stored in the freezer. Instead, prepare the ingredients for this meal, assemble them in a tupperware container,  and let it thaw for a no-fuss dinner. 

Chicken Breast vs Chicken Thighs…What’s the Difference?

For this recipe, I chose to use chicken thighs. However, chicken breasts would work as well. The main difference between the two pieces is in the fat content. Chicken thighs contain slightly more fat, a little less protein, and a few more calories than chicken breasts. However, they’re also full of flavor and perfect for Whole30 and Paleo diets as the fat content works to keep you full and satisfied. It also helps to keep the chicken from drying out in the oven. Chicken thighs are high in iron and zinc making them a great option for those who suffer from anemia. 

Meanwhile, chicken breasts are a slightly leaner cut of meat. They are super low fat and very high in protein. It is high in phosphorus and vitamin B3. They’re often considered one of the healthiest pieces of meat and can be prepared in a wide variety of ways. However, due to their low fat content, they don’t always bake well. So, if you choose to use chicken breasts to make this rosemary chicken recipe, you might want to add additional olive oil. 

Both chicken breasts and chicken thighs can be part of a healthy, balanced meal and will taste great when paired with fresh herbs and lemon juice! 

So, there you have it, the easiest chicken recipe ever! I know you’re going to love it. Let me know in the comments below what your favorite chicken recipe is! 

Of course, if you make this or any of my other recipes, please tag me on Instagram! I’d love to see your creations, connect, and share your page. I hope you love this recipe as much as I do. Stay tuned for new recipes, easy meal plans, decoration tips, and more every week! 

In the meantime, enjoy!

Karin

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Crispy Rosemary Chicken and Potatoes

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: dinner
Keyword: dinner, meal prep, whole30
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 8 bone-in skin on chicken thighs
  • 4 Tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary 1 teaspoon dry
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-1.5 pound red baby potatoes halved
  • 3 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Lemon wedges to garnish if desired

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Place chicken on large baking sheet, and sprinkle with half the garlic, salt, pepper, and rosemary, set aside
  • In a medium mixing bowl, toss the remainder of the spices, salt, pepper, olive oil and garlic. Scatter around the chicken
  • Bake uncovered from 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes (depends on desired crispiness and the size of your chicken thighs) internal temperature should read 165 degrees F
  • Additional salt and pepper to taste on the potatoes

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