Chicken with thyme and lemon and smashed garlic potatoes from A Bird in the Hand: Chicken Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood (page 183) by Diana Henry

  • whole chicken
  • garlic
  • lemons
  • thyme
  • waxy potatoes

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Notes about this recipe

  • Kduncan on March 03, 2020

    Another agreement with other notes, chicken did not brown enough with cooking technique, where does the rest of the lemon juice go? It is a dish and a side dish, and things are not cooked together. Had similar but better recipes before. But can one really go wrong with lemon, garlic, chicken, and potatoes?

  • saarwouters on December 01, 2017

    I agree with the other notes. It tasted good and was easy to make. But I've tasted better chicken / garlic / lemon recipes.

  • veronicafrance on April 01, 2016

    This was OK, but really nothing special. Diana didn't say to peel the potatoes, so I didn't, and I think I should have done. In fact you could simply do proper roast potatoes with this and they'd be fine. Like Jane I noted she didn't say what to do with the remaining lemon juice. Maybe you're supposed to add it at the end for a bit more zing. Anyway I have several other simple tray-roasted chicken recipes that are better than this one, so I won't make it again. It's the only recipe from this book so far that I've found a bit dull.

  • TrishaCP on November 11, 2015

    Easy enough to pull together with classic flavors of lemon, thyme, and garlic. The chicken was perfectly fine though as Jane says, if you want it browned it needs to be on a tray and not snug in a layer per the directions. The potatoes were amazing-I didn't have baby potatoes so just used Yukon gold cut in chunks instead. They did fall a part a bit, but the flavors were spot on, along with that delicious crust you get from well-roasted potatoes.

  • Jane on May 05, 2015

    Very quick and easy dinner - results not spectacular but perfectly OK. Chicken cooked with lemon zest and juice and thyme with baby potatoes boiled then roasted with garlic and thyme. Can't really go wrong with that ingredients combination in my book. My chicken was in a lot more liquid and much less browned than in the photo - they are spaced out on a large tray whereas I followed the directions and fitted snugly in a single layer. The instructions also missed out what to do with the second lemon's juice.

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