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Foolproof Living Makes Our 7-Ingredient Roasted Chicken and Potato Bake

Food blogger Aysegul Sanford turns to our recipe from How to Roast Everything for the ultimate one-pan dinner.
By Published Oct. 15, 2018

The first cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen devoted to the art and science of roasting, How to Roast Everything pulls together decades of test kitchen experience and knowledge to help you roast everything from meat and fish to vegetables and fruit.


"I don’t know about you, but for me there is no better comfort food than a whole roasted chicken," writes Aysegul Sanford, the blogger behind Foolproof Living. “I love the ease of roasting various vegetables and meats in the oven and having a flavorful dinner in no time.”

For her ultimate comfort food, Aysegul turned to the Chicken and Potato Bake recipe from our cookbook, How to Roast Everything.

“The process is pretty simple," Sanford wrote. "You rub the chicken with thyme-paprika-garlic-oil mixture and place it on a bed of thick sliced Yukon Gold potatoes. It roasts in a 400-degree oven for a little more than an hour. As the chicken roasts on top, its drippings get soaked up by the potatoes at the bottom. The end result is a comforting and filling dinner that you can make with only 15-20 minutes of hands on time.”

Our cookbook, How to Roast Everything, helps the process by ensuring everything is properly seasoned. For this recipe, we give two options for presenting the most flavorful chicken: salting or fully brining. Sanford tried both, in search of the most flavorful bird.

“I made this recipe 3 times,” she writes, “On my first try, I used the first method and added the salt into the rubbing mixture. And then on my second try, I brined it. In the end, while they were both great, I thought that the brined version was better seasoned, more moist and flavorful.”

Sanford details the process of the easy, Whole 30-friendly recipe on her blog, where she also shares her thoughts on How to Roast Everything. “As in everything America’s Test Kitchen publishes, How To Roast Everything is a great source for roasting meats and vegetables," she wrote. "If you are like me [and] enjoy the comfort of having your oven do most of the work for you, you need this cookbook.”

What is your ultimate comfort food? Tell us in the comments below! And visit Aysegul’s blog for the full recipe from How to Roast Everything.

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