Stir together 2 Tbs. of the oil, the bay leaves, thyme, garlic, 1/2 tsp. of the salt, and 1/8 tsp. of the pepper in a large bowl. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator, turning occasionally, for at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours.
Heat the oven to 425°F. Arrange the chicken skin side up at one end of a large rimmed baking sheet. (Discard the bay leaves, garlic, and any marinade.) Sprinkle lightly with salt. At the other end of the baking sheet, toss the potatoes with the remaining 1 Tbs. oil, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. pepper, and spread in a single layer. Roast for 20 min. Baste the chicken with the pan juices using a brush, turn the potatoes, and roast for another 10 min. Baste the chicken and turn the potatoes again and roast for 5 min.
Stir the tomatoes and scallions into the potatoes and roast, basting and turning once or twice, until the chicken and potatoes are golden and crisp looking, and the tomatoes and scallions are soft, about 15 min. more.
Stir the vegetables, transfer with a slotted spoon to a serving bowl, and stir in the olives, 2 Tbs. of the mint, and the capers. Season to taste with more salt. Baste the chicken and transfer with tongs to a serving platter, sprinkle with the remaining 2 Tbs. mint, and serve hot.
Make Ahead Tips
For this recipe, you can marinate the chicken as soon as you get home from work and cook it in an hour or two. Or you can toss all the ingredients together quickly in the moring and let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator all day. The recipes say to turn the chicken occasionally, but if you're not home during the day, don't worry about that.
A dry, medium-bodied white with vibrant fruit and no oak would pair well with the herbal qualities of this recipe. Try the 2004 La Cadalora Pinot Grigio, Veneto ($16) or the 2004 Bodegas Aldial Naia Rueda, Spain ($12).
nutrition information (per serving):
based on four servings, Calories
23, Fat Calories
200, Saturated Fat
31, Monounsaturated Fat
25, Polyunsaturated Fat
Photo: Scott Phillips