Crisp-Skin High-Roast Butterflied Chicken with Potatoes
Why This Recipe Works
For an improved (and quick) roasted chicken recipe, with crisp skin tanned to a deep golden hue and tender, moist meat, we started by butterflying the chicken, which allowed for more even and faster roasting. Rubbing the bird under the skin with a flavored butter added moisture and flavor without burning, as herbs rubbed on the surface of the skin would likely do. To keep the juices from burning and smoking in our roast chicken recipe, we placed a layer of potatoes under the chicken; the potatoes absorbed the juices before they could hit the hot pan beneath and burn. The resulting potatoes were extremely tasty.