Roasted Chicken And Smashed Potatoes

Roasted Chicken and Smashed Potatoes is a classic and delicious meal that’s perfect for any occasion. Here’s a simple recipe to make both:

Roasted Chicken:

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken (about 4-5 pounds)
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional herbs and spices (such as thyme, rosemary, garlic powder, paprika)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Rinse the chicken inside and out, then pat it dry with paper towels.
  3. Place the chicken on a roasting rack in a roasting pan or on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
  4. Rub the chicken with olive oil, then season generously with salt, pepper, and any other desired herbs and spices.
  5. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine if desired.
  6. Roast the chicken in the preheated oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C) in the thickest part of the thigh.
  7. Remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for 10-15 minutes before carving.

Smashed Potatoes:

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 medium-sized potatoes (such as Yukon Gold or Russet)
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: minced garlic, chopped herbs (such as parsley or chives)

Instructions:

  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with water. Add a pinch of salt to the water.
  2. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer and cook the potatoes for about 15-20 minutes, or until they are fork-tender.
  3. Drain the potatoes and let them cool slightly.
  4. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  5. Place the cooked potatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Use a potato masher or the back of a fork to gently smash each potato until it’s flattened but still intact.
  7. Melt the butter and brush it over the smashed potatoes. Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, and herbs if desired.
  8. Roast the smashed potatoes in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy around the edges.
  9. Serve the roasted chicken with the smashed potatoes and enjoy your delicious meal!
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