In the last few weeks, San Francisco's been blessed with such warm weather that I've been thinking it's time to pack up the cold-weather clothes in favor of some sunnier ensembles. In addition, I'll be putting away my slow cooker until next Winter, forgoing Winter stews for fresh preparations instead.

What could be more seasonal than a Spring chicken, roasted with new potatoes and bright-flavored asparagus and lemon, and served with a roasted pan juice? To make this timely supper,


Roast Chicken With Potatoes, Lemon, and Asparagus

Roast Chicken With Potatoes, Lemon, and Asparagus


  1. 1 1/2 pounds new potatoes, halved
  2. 3 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
  3. Coarse salt and ground pepper
  4. 1 package cut-up whole chicken (about 3 pounds)
  5. 1 bunch asparagus (1 pound), trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  6. 1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges
  7. 6 sprigs fresh thyme


  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Place potatoes and half the butter in a roasting pan; season with salt and pepper. Roast, tossing once, until potatoes are golden, 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Place chicken, skin side up, on top of potatoes; season with salt and pepper. Roast until chicken begins to brown, about 20 minutes.
  3. Scatter asparagus, lemon, remaining butter, and thyme around chicken. Roast until asparagus is tender and chicken is opaque throughout, 5 to 15 minutes. Serve chicken, vegetables, and lemon drizzled with pan juices.

Serves 4.

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