Chicken under a “Brick” with Rosemary Roasted Potatoes & Broccolini

Chicken under a “Brick”

with Rosemary Roasted Potatoes & Broccolini

4 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

There’s nothing more warming and appetizing than the sight of a crisp, golden-skinned chicken. But roasting a whole bird can take a while! That’s why we’ve devised a simple recipe that delivers succulent, crispy chicken in a fraction of the time. By cooking the chicken “under a brick,” or under something heavy (we used a large pot half-filled with water), you’ll speed up the cooking process while keeping the same delicious, juicy texture.

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    510 Cals (est.)
fresh
ingredients
Chicken under a “Brick” with Rosemary Roasted Potatoes & Broccolini
Title
  • 2 Chicken Halves
  • 1½ lbs Fingerling Potatoes
  • 3 Tbsps Butter
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • ¾ lb Broccolini
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 large bunch Parsley
  • 1 bunch Rosemary
time-saving
tips & techniques
Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. Rinse and pat the chicken dry with paper towels; rest on a paper towel-lined plate, breast side down, to bring to room temperature. Peel and mince the garlic. Halve the potatoes lengthwise. Trim off the broccolini ends. Using a peeler, remove the lemon rind, avoiding the pith; mince to get 2 teaspoons of zest. Quarter the lemon; remove the seeds. Pick the rosemary and parsley off the stems. Roughly chop the parsley.

Roast the potatoes:
2 Roast the potatoes:

Place the potatoes on a sheet pan and sprinkle with the rosemary; drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Arrange the seasoned potatoes in a single, even layer and roast 28 to 32 minutes, or until browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving dish.

Cook the chicken:
3 Cook the chicken:

While the potatoes roast, season the chicken halves with salt and pepper on all sides. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the seasoned chicken halves, breast sides down; loosely cover with foil. Place a large, heavy pot on the foil to press the chicken down; fill the pot halfway with water. Cook, occasionally pressing the pot down, 28 to 32 minutes, or until the skins are browned and crispy. Flip the chicken and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until cooked through. Transfer to a serving dish, leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan.

Cook the broccolini:
4 Cook the broccolini:

While the potatoes roast and the chicken cooks, fill a medium bowl with ice water; set aside. Add the broccolini to the pot of boiling water. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until bright green and slightly tender. Thoroughly drain and transfer to the bowl of ice water. Let stand until cool, then thoroughly drain. Set aside.

Make the sauce:
5 Make the sauce:

Heat the pan of reserved chicken fond on medium-high until hot. Add the butter, half the parsley and ½ cup of water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened; season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a serving dish.

Finish & serve your dish:
6 Finish & serve your dish:

In the same pan, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the garlic and zest; cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the broccolini and ¼ cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated through. Transfer to a serving dish. Garnish the chicken with the lemon wedges and remaining parsley. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. Rinse and pat the chicken dry with paper towels; rest on a paper towel-lined plate, breast side down, to bring to room temperature. Peel and mince the garlic. Halve the potatoes lengthwise. Trim off the broccolini ends. Using a peeler, remove the lemon rind, avoiding the pith; mince to get 2 teaspoons of zest. Quarter the lemon; remove the seeds. Pick the rosemary and parsley off the stems. Roughly chop the parsley.

2 Roast the potatoes:

Place the potatoes on a sheet pan and sprinkle with the rosemary; drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Arrange the seasoned potatoes in a single, even layer and roast 28 to 32 minutes, or until browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving dish.

Roast the potatoes:
Cook the chicken:
3 Cook the chicken:

While the potatoes roast, season the chicken halves with salt and pepper on all sides. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the seasoned chicken halves, breast sides down; loosely cover with foil. Place a large, heavy pot on the foil to press the chicken down; fill the pot halfway with water. Cook, occasionally pressing the pot down, 28 to 32 minutes, or until the skins are browned and crispy. Flip the chicken and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until cooked through. Transfer to a serving dish, leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan.

4 Cook the broccolini:

While the potatoes roast and the chicken cooks, fill a medium bowl with ice water; set aside. Add the broccolini to the pot of boiling water. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until bright green and slightly tender. Thoroughly drain and transfer to the bowl of ice water. Let stand until cool, then thoroughly drain. Set aside.

Cook the broccolini:
Make the sauce:
5 Make the sauce:

Heat the pan of reserved chicken fond on medium-high until hot. Add the butter, half the parsley and ½ cup of water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened; season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a serving dish.

6 Finish & serve your dish:

In the same pan, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the garlic and zest; cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the broccolini and ¼ cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated through. Transfer to a serving dish. Garnish the chicken with the lemon wedges and remaining parsley. Enjoy!

Finish & serve your dish:
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