Butterflied Chicken Under a Brick With Herb Roasted Potatoes

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"I saw this being made on America's Test Kitchen and I was salivating - it looked wonderful! Placing it here for safe keeping and before I forget about it. Perfect for those cold days that are soon upon us."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (527.6 g)
  • Calories 997.8
  • Total Fat - 53.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 13.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 299.4 mg
  • Sodium - 307.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 28.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.6 g
  • Sugars - 2.2 g
  • Protein - 96 g
  • Calcium - 86.4 mg
  • Iron - 6.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 21.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Before You Begin, please refer to NOTE at the end, below

Butterflying the Chicken

Step 1

With the breast side down and the tail of the chicken facing you, use poultry shears to cut along the length of one side of the backbone. With breast side still down, turn the neck end to face you, cut along the other side of the backbone and remove it. Turn the chicken breast-side up. Open the chicken on the work surface. Use the palm of your hand to flatten the chicken, then pound it with the flat side of a mallet to a fairly even thickness. Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste.

Let's Get On with the Recipe

Step 2

Adjust an oven rack to the lowest position and heat the oven to 450 degrees.

Step 3

Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a heavy-bottomed 12-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until it begins to smoke. Swirl the skillet to coat evenly with oil. Place the chicken, skin-side down, in the hot pan and reduce the heat to medium. Place the weight (Refer to Note Below) on the chicken and cook, checking every 5 minutes or so, until evenly browned, about 25 minutes. (After 20 minutes, the chicken should be fairly crisp and golden; if not, turn the heat up to medium-high and continue to cook until well browned.)

Step 4

Meanwhile, mix the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, garlic, 1½ teaspoons of the thyme, the pepper flakes, lemon juice, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper in a small bowl and set aside.

Step 5

Using tongs, carefully transfer the chicken, skin-side up, to a clean plate. Pour off any accumulated fat in the pan and add the potatoes, sprinkling them with ¼ teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, and the remaining 1½ teaspoons thyme. Place the chicken, skin-side up, on the potatoes and brush the skin with the reserved thyme-lemon juice mixture.

Step 6

Transfer the pan to the oven and roast until the thickest part of the breast registers 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, 10 to 15 minutes longer. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let rest 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 7

Return the skillet with the potatoes to the oven and roast until browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the potatoes to a large bowl, leaving the fat behind. Toss the potatoes with the parsley. Cut the chicken into pieces. Serve the chicken and potatoes immediately with the lemon wedges.

NOTE: Instead of two bricks and a rimmed baking sheet, you may use a heavy cast-iron skillet loaded with several cans or a large stockpot partially filled with water. Be careful when removing the pan from the oven, as the handle will be hot. For a visual of exactly how to make this recipe and what to do with creating weight, refer to this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8rjqyN1BKk


  • 12-Inch Nonstick Skillet

3 Reviews


I used a brined chicken for this so omitted the salt but followed the rest of the instructions as listed. The chicken did need to cook 25 minutes in the oven to achieve 160 degrees Fahrenheit. This was amazing! It will be made again and again.


review by:
(13 Feb 2024)


Tender and juicy with a light seasoning. I thought it might brown more, but I guess the pan shielded it from browning somewhat.


review by:
(27 Oct 2023)


I couldn't find a 3 pound chicken....smallest I could find was 5 pounds. I stuck to the recipe until the oven, and then left it in the oven until it reached temp. The smell while it is cooking under the bricks makes you want to dig in right away!! Potatoes are delicious with the chicken juices dripping on them. Chicken turned out very moist and tasty, but the winner here is the potatoes!


review by:
(10 Oct 2021)

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