One day, my son wanted to know if an organic free-range chicken tasted any different than the chicken we usually buy. To find out, he was willing to pay for this “special” chicken, and he did at Whole Foods Grocery. This chicken costs $15.
We already had a recipe in mind from Chef John’s website, which is a good one. The answer to the question, “Does an organic free-range chicken taste better than the typical chicken in the grocery store? Hell yes! Much more chicken flavor, if that is possible. It was simply better. It’s hard to explain.
Anyway, this recipe is from Chef John @ http://foodwishes.com
4 pounds skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs (we used a whole chicken cut into 8 pcs)
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
3 russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
2/3 cup chicken broth, plus splash to deglaze pan
chopped fresh oregano for garnish
Preheat oven to 425º F (220º C). Lightly oil a large roasting pan.
1) Place chicken pieces in large bowl. Season with salt, oregano, pepper, rosemary, and cayenne pepper. Add fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic. Place potatoes in a bowl with the chicken; stir together until chicken and potatoes are evenly coated with marinade.
2) Transfer chicken pieces, skin side up, to the prepared roasting pan, reserving marinade. Distribute potato pieces among chicken thighs. Drizzle with 2/3 cup chicken broth. Spoon remainder of marinade over chicken and potatoes.
3) Place in preheated oven. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Toss chicken and potatoes, keeping chicken skin side up; continue baking until chicken is browned and cooked through, about 25 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165º F (74º C). Transfer chicken to serving platter and keep warm.
4) Set oven to broil or highest heat setting. Toss potatoes once again in pan juices. Place pan under the broiler and broil until potatoes are caramelized about 3 minutes. Transfer potatoes to serving platter with chicken.
5) Place roasting pan on the stove over medium heat. Add a splash of broth and stir up browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Strain; spoon juices over chicken and potatoes. Top with chopped oregano.