Recipe for Greek-style roast chicken and potatoes with lemon

Credit: Karoline Boehm Goodnick for The Boston Globe

Serves 4 with leftovers

5 tablespoons olive oil
3 large Yukon Gold or Yellow Finn potatoes, cut into ½-inch-thick slices
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 lemons
¼ cup chopped fresh oregano
4 pounds chicken parts (including 2 breast halves), skin and bones
intact
6 cloves garlic, halved
¾ cup chicken stock
½ cup pitted Kalamata olives

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1. Set the oven at 350 degrees. Have on hand a large roasting pan. Use 1 tablespoon of the oil to rub the inside.

2. Place the potatoes in the pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes.

3. Grate the rind of 1 lemon and place it in a measuring cup. Halve the lemon and squeeze the juice into the cup. Halve the other lemon. Juice half into the measuring cup; you should have ¼ cup of juice. Thinly slice the remaining half.

4. To the cup of lemon juice, add the remaining 4 tablespoons of oil and oregano; blend well.

5. Arrange the chicken, skin side up, on the potatoes. Scatter the garlic around the chicken. Spoon the lemon dressing over the chicken and place a lemon slice on top of each piece. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour the stock around the edges.

6. Roast for 1 hour or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken registers 160 degrees. Baste the chicken several times with the pan juices.

7. Turn on the broiler. Set an oven shelf about 8 inches from the element. Broil the chicken for 5 minutes, watching the meat carefully, or until the chicken skin is golden.

8. Reserve 2 chicken breasts for the salad. Transfer the chicken and potatoes to a serving platter. Pour the pan juices into a gravy separator or large cup and degrease. Spoon the juices over the chicken. Sprinkle with
olives.  Lisa Zwirn

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