Baked Chicken with Lemon and Sweet Potatoes – Phase 3

If you and your lover are fond of eating chicken as your main dish, then why don’t you try to cook this new chicken recipe that taste like Italy? This delectable recipe will help make your Valentine’s day extra special!

Baked Chicken with Lemon and Sweet Potatoes - Phase 3

This Baked Chicken with Lemon and Sweet potatoes are heavily seasoned with spice and herbs to add rich flavor to your favorite chicken meal. Topped with starchy sweet potatoes to complete your dinner.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves
  • 2 lemons
  • 5 clove garlic
  • 2 scallions
  • sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1¾ lb. small to medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ bunch fresh parsley leaves

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F with rack set in middle. Remove any excess fat around chicken cavities and discard; rinse chicken and pat dry, inside and out.
  2. In a small bowl, combine basil,  lemon zest, garlic, and scallions.
  3. Season chicken (inside and out) with salt and pepper, then tie legs together with kitchen string.
  4. In a large bowl, toss sweet potatoes with oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and enough pepper to coat well. Cut reserved lemon into quarters and set 3 aside.
  5. Heat roasting pan in oven for 10 minutes. Remove; then put sweet  potatoes and any oil left in bowl into pan, keeping potatoes in a single layer and pushed to edges to make room for chicken. Place chicken in pan, breast-side up.
  6. Roast chicken for 20 minutes, then remove pan from oven and turn bird breast-side down. Continue to roast for 20 more minutes, then remove pan from oven and turn bird breast-side up again. Sprinkle parsley over potatoes, then stir to coat with pan drippings. Squeeze reserved lemon over chicken and put rinds into pan. Continue to roast until juices of chicken run clear when thigh is pierced with a fork, or an instant-read thermometer inserted in breast reaches 160°F, 20 to 30 minutes.
  7. Remove pan from oven; let chicken rest for 15 minutes before transferring to a cutting board. Let rest for 5 more minutes, then carve. Spoon pan juices over chicken; serve with sweet  potatoes and roasted lemon.

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