Lemony Chicken With Potatoes and Oregano
This might be the easiest roast chicken and potatoes recipe out there. Roasting lemon slices with the potatoes infuses them with a bright, zippy flavor. Then, you can eat the roasted lemon or not — the caramelized, intense flavor is for true lemon lovers only. Serve this with one or two of your favorite condiments on the side for dipping the potatoes.
- Serves: 2 persons
- 1 ¼pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (2 to 3), patted dry with paper towels (see Tip)
- 1 ¼pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed, halved and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
- 1 ¾teaspoons dried oregano, plus more for serving
- 1 ½teaspoons kosher salt (such as Diamond Crystal), plus more for serving
- ¾teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup or hot sauce, for serving
Step 1Heat oven to 425 degrees and, if you like, line a sheet pan with parchment paper (not essential but helpful for cleaning up).
Step 2Trim the ends off 1 lemon, then cut the lemon in half crosswise.Thinly slice one half of the lemon into rounds, then cut the rounds into quarters, creating small triangles. Shake out the seeds then place the lemon quarters into a large bowl. Save the remaining lemon half for serving. Cut the remaining whole lemon into wedges, for serving.
Step 3Add chicken and potatoes to the large bowl with the lemon quarters. Add the oregano, salt and pepper; toss well. (Your hands are the best tools here.) Drizzle in the oil and toss again.
Step 4Arrange chicken thighs skin side up on one half of the prepared sheet pan, and potatoes and lemons on the other, spreading the potatoes out into one layer. Roast for 20 minutes. Using a long-handled spoon, stir the potatoes, then spread them out again in one layer. (You don’t have to touch the chicken.) Continue roasting until chicken and potatoes are cooked through and everything is golden and crisped, another 15 to 20 minutes (40 to 45 minutes total roasting time).
Step 5To serve, squeeze the juice from the lemon half all over chicken and potatoes and give everything a good stir to incorporate all the tasty juices and browned bits at the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with more oregano and salt, and serve with additional lemon wedges and condiments on the side.