Thyme and oregano grows abundant in Greece. Therefore, it’s very characteristic that these two herbs are used so often in Greek dishes. If you are ever in Greece and take a walk in the country, outside of the city, you will smell the pine trees but also the thyme and the oregano. You just won’t get enough of that fragrant smell. And if you cut a small branch of either oregano or thyme and rub it between your fingers, the aroma will linger till you decide to wash your hands.
My mother used to make this dish almost every Sunday, while I was growing up. I used to love this dish and still do. The lemon juice and the olive oil make the chicken crispy golden on the outside and juicy inside. The potatoes turn golden brown and crispy outside but soft and tender inside. The oregano and thyme just give this dish an altogether different flavor, so delicious that you end up licking your fingers when you are done eating the chicken wings, as I used to and still do. Nobody can have the chicken wings from this dish.
Roasted Chicken with Potatoes in the oven
12x9 pan (pan measures inside the rim)
Four (4-6) Servings
4 cups potatoes quartered (approximately 6 medium size potatoes)
1 whole chicken (about 3.5lbs)
¼ cup lemon juice (juice of one lemon approximately)
½ tsp oregano
½ tsp thyme
½ tsp ground pepper
½ tsp salt
½ cup olive oil
½ cup water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Rinse and wash chicken well inside and out. Set aside. Peel, wash and quarter the potatoes. Set the chicken in the middle of an ovenproof pan. Spread the potatoes around the chicken. Sprinkle the chicken and the potatoes with the oregano, thyme, pepper and salt. Drizzle with the olive oil. Add the water in the pan.
The dish before it goes in the oven
Bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 2 hours approximately, or till the chicken is crispy golden and clear juices run out when tested with the fork; the potatoes should be crispy on the outside but soft inside. Test with a fork for doneness.
The dish when it comes out of the oven
It makes a great Sunday meal!!!
Serving Size 1 serving 14.318oz (405.9g)
(these calories per serving are approximate for four (4) servings).
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 233
Total Fat 25.9g 40%
Saturated Fat 4.7g 23%
Cholesterol 198mg 66%
Sodium 363mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 16.8g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2.6g 10%