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Roast Chicken Thighs with Potatoes, Artichokes & Lemon


Serves 4

Because the artichokes are not quite thawed when roasted, they steam a little during cooking, which makes the chicken incredibly moist. A simple green salad is all you need to round out dinner.

  • 1/4 cup plus 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, more for the baking sheet
  • 4 large bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, trimmed of excess skin and fat
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 10- to 12-oz. package frozen artichoke hearts, preferably Trader Joe's brand
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lb. small potatoes, such as fingerling or baby Yukon golds, those over 2 inches cut in half
  • 4 small sprigs fresh thyme
  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley for garnish (optional)

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 450°F.

Lightly oil a heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet. Put the chicken thighs on the baking sheet with plenty of room in between them. Season well with salt and pepper and roast in the hot oven for 15 minutes. 

Meanwhile, remove the artichokes from their package and rinse them in a colander under warm water to separate them and to begin to thaw them. (It's fine if they're still partially frozen when you roast them.) Drain them well.

Thinly slice half the lemon and juice the other half. Measure 4 tsp. of the juice into a small bowl and whisk in 3 Tbs. of the olive oil.  Season to taste with salt and pepper. Save any remaining juice for another use.

Put the artichokes in a large bowl with the potatoes, thyme sprigs, lemon slices, the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 tsp. of salt and a few grinds of pepper. Toss to coat well.

When the thighs have roasted for 15 minutes, take the baking sheet out of the oven. Dump the artichokes, potatoes, and lemon slices onto the baking sheet in the empty spots surrounding the thighs. Try to distribute things more or less evenly and in a single layer so the vegetable get nicely browned. Keep the lemon slices toward the center of the pan so they don't burn.

Continue roasting until the chicken skin is crisp, the meat cooked through, and the artichokes and potatoes are tender and browned, another 30 to 40 minutes.

Divide the thighs and the vegetables among four plates. Drizzle each serving with the lemon vinaigrette and sprinkle with a little fresh parsley, if using. 

Photo: Scott Phillips

Made this twice. Second time I oiled pan then seasoned and oiled chicken tops with small amt EVOO. Then I placed prepped potatoes in bowl and seasoned and oiled, then tossed and placed in pan. Then I tossed artichokes and lemon slices in left over oil in bowl and arranged in pan. Artichokes and lemons were recognizable yet caramelized and delicious. I love this dish. Easy and delish!

Great flavor!!!!

***** more stars if I could. This recipe is one of my all time go to favorites. I have been cooking this since I found the recipe in the "make it tonight, 85 delicious reason to eat in" magazine. So happy to have found this again online so I can share it. This recipe is so EASY to prepare, and tastes delicious. The only change I make is to double-up the amount of chicken thighs. 4 chicken thighs aren't enough for my family. And who doesn't want to have leftovers?

Disappointed, but may try again. Next time I will thoroughly oil the foil, as all the vegetables stuck to it first time around. Also the frozen artichokes didn't have much flavor and shriveled down to almost nothing. I baked this on a convection setting, maybe would have had better luck with conventional.

This was so easy and the flavors were fantastic. I made five chicken thighs which was perfect for my husband and I, if I was feeding four I would definitely double this. Definitely a keeper!

Easy. To feed four people, we added four chicken legs to the four thighs. This required another small baking sheet. The veggie amount was accurate and very tasty. We will definitely make this again.

The roasted artichoke hearts and carmelized lemons are so good, I doubled the amount. The whole recipe also doubles nicely using 2 cookie sheets. Makes a great party dish.

I have made this dish twice now and it was delicious both times!

This is a personal favorite of mine, the presentation is beautiful and its absolutely delicious!

This was easy and excellent. The thighs had a crispy skin and the light lemon flavoring was perfect. Even our three year old at two helpings!

This was really good - substituted Thighs for Breasts and left out the Artichokes.

a little long for me - just in cook time - for a weeknight meal but tasty nonetheless. we left out the potatoes and had the whole thing over gnocchi and it was still great.

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