I have a confession to make, during the school year I get into a rut with cooking. Now, my family is great and they never complain about eating the same things over and over. But there was more than one “yay” when they found out I was trying this new Ranch Roasted Chicken, and no, there’s not a ranch salad dressing packet used.
Debra from Sweet Kisses and Dirty Dishes and Worth Cooking is the author of Much Ado About Chicken which is an amazing ebook with just chicken recipes and tips. Before reading this book, I would pretty much just boil chicken and make soup, enchiladas or a casserole. Occassionally, I’d pull out the rotisserie and cook a whole chicken in it. But I reallydidn’t know how to season it well.
After making this recipe, I knew I wanted to share it with you. With just a little effort, I’ve learned how flavorful chicken can be. My family is very happy.
Ranch Roasted Chicken and Potatoes
1 whole chicken (about 4lbs) butterflied – I didn’t do this
1 1/2 sticks butter – softened
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. prepared mustard
1 tsp. dried dill
2 tsp. salt (divided)
1 Tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. honey
3 lbs potatoes, cut into 1 1/2 – 2″ cubes
~Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
~Mix the butter, vinegar, mustard, 1 1/2 tsp. salt and spices. Line a sheet pan with potatoes (I used my electric roaster oven). Put half the butter mixture on the potatoes and, using your hands, toss the potatoes in the butter. Alternatively, you can melt half the butter and pour over, but I would rather dirty my hands than a pot. Sprinkle potatoes with additional salt.
~Dry the skin on the chicken. Put a spoonful of butter mixture under the skin of each breast and thigh and smooth out. Rub the outside of the skin of the chicken with the remainder of the butter mixture.
~Bake in the center of the oven for 50-70 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
~Let the chicken rest 15 minutes before serving.
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