Thursday, March 18, 2010

Rosemary Roasted Chicken & Potatoes

I am not usually impressed by gimmicks. I'd even say almost never. But when I was at the grocery store last week and saw this spice pack, my immediate reaction was, "How clever!"

The spice pack--and included recipe card--was clever enough I bought this one for Rosemary Roasted Chicken & Potatoes and another one for Apple-Sage Pork Chops. Yes, I already have all the spices in the pack, but what if I didn't and wanted to try the recipe? Bottles of spices at my store are $4.00 on average and that can really add up if you have to buy several bottles. How many people don't try a new recipe because of this initial cost when they don't know if they'll even like it? This spice pack solves that problem by including pre-measured spices for the recipe on the back. All for $1.50. Yes, a gimmick, but an effective one. :)

Because the spices were all pre-measured this meal came together super fast. The end result wasn't extraordinary, but it was very tasty and very easy; an especially good meal for someone just starting out in the kitchen. And, of course, now I have the recipe card in my file for the next time I make it with my own spices.

Rosemary Roasted Chicken & Potatoes (adapted from McCormick)
Printable Recipe

2 teaspoons paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon dry minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
6 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed, about 2 lbs (my pkg was 2 1/2 lbs)
1 1/2 lbs small red potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces (I used 1 lb)

1. Heat your oven to 425, and line a 15X10 baking sheet with foil. Spray the foil with non-stick spray.

2. Mix the first 6 ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the chicken and potatoes, and toss gently to coat well. Arrange the chicken and potatoes in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.

3. Roast for 30-40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through (165 for dark meat on an instant-read thermometer), and the potatoes are tender and well browned; stir the potatoes 2 or 3 times while the cook.

Makes 4-6 servings.


  1. Oh my goodness! That looks soooo good! I know it had to be bursting with flavor! I can just taste it now just by looking at it. Makes me want to go buy some spices and experiment. Thanks for sharing, Tiffany!

  2. Hi!
    I left you a gift on my blog!

  3. Oh my goodness...I had a long, busy day, am starving, and your dinner photos aren't helping:) That spice packet is a great idea, especially in a pinch!

  4. Thank you for posting this! I do have all of the spices, and would not have wanted to spend the $1.50.

    I also happen to have the potatoes and the chicken. Guess what is for dinner tomorrow!


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