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Roasted Garlic-y Chicken

If you love garlic as much as I do, then you are going to be really happy when you make this roasted garlic-y chicken recipe. Paired with a bunch of healthy vegetables and the perfect amount of potatoes, this dish is the perfect Sunday night dinner.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Resting Time5 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Garlic, Roast Chicken, Roast Potatoes, Roast Vegetables
Servings: 4
Calories: 706kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 5-lb. whole chicken, whole
  • 8 oz Carrots with tops small
  • 4 Garlic cloves
  • 3 leeks
  • 2 tbsp Lemon zest
  • 12 oz Potatoes small red new
  • 2 yellow onions
  • 1 tbsp Thyme fresh
  • 3/4 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 6 tbsp Butter salted

Instructions

  • When you buy your chicken ask the butcher to remove the backbone so that the chicken can lay flat in the baking pan. You can always remove the backbone yourself but it's much easier to have the butcher do it.
  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Rinse chicken, and pat dry. Place chicken, breast side down, on a cutting board. Using poultry shears, cut along both sides of backbone, and remove backbone. (Discard or reserve for stock.) Turn chicken breast side up, and open the underside of chicken like a book. Using the heel of your hand, press firmly against breastbone until it cracks. Place chicken in a large rimmed baking pan. Tuck wing tips under chicken so they don't burn.
  • Combine garlic and salt on a cutting board. Using the flat edge of a knife, mash into a paste. Combine garlic paste, butter, thyme, zest, and pepper in a bowl. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the garlic mixture. Rub remaining garlic mixture under skin of chicken breasts and thighs.
  • Slice carrots into thin 1.5" lengths, quarter the onions, slice the potatoes into bit sized pieces, and cut the leeks into thin slices. Combine in a bowl with a little drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper.
  • Bake chicken in preheated oven 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven. Reduce heat to 400°F. Arrange potatoes, , and carrots around chicken; return to oven, and bake 20 minutes. Arrange leeks, onions, potatoes, and carrots around chicken, and spread remaining 2 tablespoons garlic mixture on breasts; return to oven, and bake until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 165°F, about 20 minutes. Drizzle with lemon juice, and let stand 10 minutes. Carve chicken, and serve with pan juices.

Nutrition

Serving: 172g | Calories: 706kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 188mg | Sodium: 930mg | Potassium: 1125mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 11465IU | Vitamin C: 35.8mg | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 6.5mg