INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED:
A 4-pound whole chicken.
1.5 pounds.Of baby potatoes, halved or quartered.
4 Tbsp.Of olive oil.
4 garlic cloves, minced.
1 Tbsp.Of fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped.
1 Tbsp.Of fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped.
1 Tsp.Of paprika.
1 Tsp.Of salt.
1/2 Tsp.Of black pepper.
1 lemon, cut into wedges.
Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish).
Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Place a roasting rack inside a large roasting pan or baking dish.
Rinse the chicken thoroughly under cold water, both inside and out. Pat it dry with paper towels. This step helps to remove any impurities and excess moisture from the chicken, allowing for crispy skin.
In a small mixing bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of olive oil, minced garlic, chopped rosemary, chopped thyme, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to create a flavorful herb rub.
Rub the herb mixture all over the chicken, both on the outside and under the skin. Be sure to massage the mixture into the chicken, ensuring it is evenly coated. If desired, you can also stuff the chicken cavity with lemon wedges for added flavor.
In a separate mixing bowl, toss the halved or quartered baby potatoes with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season the potatoes with salt and black pepper to taste, ensuring they are evenly coated.
Place the seasoned chicken on the roasting rack in the prepared roasting pan. Arrange the seasoned baby potatoes around the chicken.
Transfer the roasting pan to the preheated oven and roast for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until the chicken is golden brown and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) when measured with a meat thermometer. The potatoes should be fork-tender and crispy.
During the cooking process, baste the chicken with its juices and rotate the pan occasionally for even cooking and browning.
Once cooked, remove the roasting pan from the oven and let the chicken rest for about 10 minutes before carving. This resting period allows the juices to redistribute and the meat to become tender.
Carve the roasted chicken into serving pieces and transfer them to a platter. Arrange the roasted potatoes around the chicken. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley for a pop of color and added freshness.