Smoked Paprika and Oregano Roast Chicken

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Smoked Paprika and Oregano Roast Chicken
  • Makes: 4 to 6 servings
  • Total Time: 90 minutes plus marinating time
  • Hands-On Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 (3 1/2 to 4 pound) chicken
  • 2 tablespoons canola, grapeseed, or peanut oil
  • Juice of 2 limes (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ground smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 6 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoon canola, grapeseed, or peanut oil, divided
  • 2 medium yellow onions, sliced into 1-inch rings
  • 1 1/2 pounds assorted fingerling potatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh oregano


Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Remove necks and any innards from the cavities and discard. To spatchcock, use a sharp pair of poultry shears or kitchen scissors to cut along the backbone; remove and discard. Place chicken, breast-side up, and press down to flatten it so it is lying completely flat.

Combine oil, lime juice, soy, paprika, cumin, oregano, garlic and 1 tablespoon of the salt in a bowl and mix until thoroughly moistened. Rub half the mixture under the skin of the chicken getting under the breasts, thighs, and legs. Then rub 1 tablespoon of oil all over the skin on the outside.

Heat oven to 450°F and arrange rack in the middle. In a medium bowl toss the onions and potatoes with the remaining paste, remaining oil, and remaining salt. Set aside while oven heats up, at least 20 minutes. (Alternatively, cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before roasting. Be sure to let the chicken rest at room temperature for at least 20 minutes before roasting so it cooks evenly.)

Arrange onions and potatoes in the bottom of a a roasting pan or large baking dish. Place chicken on top, and roast until the thigh meat is no longer pink and an instant read thermometer inserted into the thigh registers 165°F, about 50 minutes. Let sit at least 10 minutes before carving. Garnish chicken with oregano, and serve with onions, potatoes, and a spoonful of the pan juices.


Country: United States

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