This is such an easy chicken and potato recipe to make. Everyone loves it. 2 ingredients.
I usually make 1 chicken. But depending on the size of your family – you could also turn the extra chicken for chicken salad, sandwiches, wraps. It definitely won’t go to waste.
You just need to prep this the night before. Cook the potatoes first, then just add the marinating chicken on top and in about 1.5 hours you will have a great meal. Just add a side salad.
- 2 3-4-pound chickens
- 8 large sprigs fresh thyme plus 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme (optional). If I have some on hand, I will use it.
- 2 tablespoons coarse kosher salt
- 2 1/2 teaspoons hot smoked Spanish paprika divided
- 1 1/2 pounds baby potatoes (1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter)
- 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil
Butterfly the chicken
- Tuck wing tips behind shoulder. Transfer to large rimmed baking sheet. Using fingertips, separate skin from chicken over breasts and thighs. Insert 1 thyme sprig between skin and flesh over each breast and each thigh. Repeat with second chicken. Mix 2 tablespoons coarse kosher salt and 2 teaspoons paprika in small bowl. Sprinkle all over chickens. Transfer uncovered chickens, skin side up, to refrigerator; chill at least 8 hours or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Place potatoes in 11x7x2-inch baking dish. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon paprika. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss. Drizzle chicken with 2 teaspoons oil. Place chicken and potatoes in oven; roast until thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 175°F, about 1 hour. Let chickens rest 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, toss potatoes with 1 tablespoon chopped thyme. Return to oven and roast until tender and skins wrinkle slightly, about 5 minutes. Coarsely smash.
- Cut chickens into breast, wing, thigh, and leg pieces. Transfer to platter. Drizzle some drippings over; serve.