Monday, September 22, 2014

Roast Chicken with Chimichurri and Spicy Aioli Potatoes - inspired by Michael Symon!

I love roasting chicken. It is one of the best meals I make. It is also easy to make. It is affordable as well. I usually take a chicken and throw on some salt, pepper and other spices and stuff it in the oven. I cook it low and slow and for hours. When it comes out, the meat falls from the bone. But I also like to try different chicken recipes because I like to mix it up or we would get bored of Roast Chicken. 

I decided to try a new recipe when I saw Michael Symon on his TV show make a delicious chicken and some amazing potatoes. He also made a chimichurri sauce. I got crazy and tried to recreate the recipe my willy-nilly way. Here is what I did. For the chicken, I have no recipe. You have to eyeball it and make it your own. I also made my own chimichurri because his was different and I did not like it.  I will give you some ingredients and amounts for the aioli though. 

Get a whole chicken and salt and pepper it, inside and out. Also stuff an onion up it's ying yang. I would rather stuff lemons up the chicken's butt. The onion really did not add anything to it. 

Take some fresh thyme and also stuff it up the chickens wazoo! I did not mind the fresh thyme in the chicken. The thyme added some flavor but lemon and thyme would be better. 

Slice up a lemon in thin slices. Loosen up the chicken skin and place them under the skin. Then rub a little oil on the chicken and place in a 350 degree oven for 2 hours. I leave it in more but that's me. 

To make the Carolyn's Chimichurri sauce you need the following ingredients: Lemons, salt, pepper, cilantro, flat leaf parsley and garlic. If you want it spicy, add a few red chile flakes. 

Add the cilantro, parsley and garlic in a food processor and process. Then add the juice of one lemon and salt and pepper. process. Slowly add some olive oil so it emulsifies. 
Taste and season to your taste. 

That's it. Use this to top any protein. I love it on steak. I also use it as a salsa. It is the most delicious thing you will ever have! Okay, I am exaggerating. 

To make the Spicy Aioli Potatoes, start by frying up some delicious bacon. Once it is cooked, set aside and cut into pieces. 

Boil the potatoes. Use small red or yellow potatoes. The smaller the better. 

Boil and cook and then set aside to cool. 

Once the potatoes are cooled. Squash them with the palm of your hand. 

Fry them up in the bacon fat until they are nicely browned.

Here is the recipe for the Spicy Aioli:
1 cup mayonnaise
1-2 tablespoons Sriracha (depends how spicy you want it)
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
Juice of two limes - you can also use lemons
Lime zest
1 garlic clove chopped
salt and pepper
Mix it all up and pour onto the potatoes. I also chopped the bacon up and added it to the aioli! 

Put the chimichurri on the chicken and it makes a delicious meal. 

I will tell you that the Spicy Aioli is addictive. I use it on everything. You can have it on the chicken as well. I love it as a dip for veggies. It also makes a great spread for sandwiches as well. Try the potatoes though because they are one of my new favorite things to eat.

Buen Provecho! 


  1. This looks fantastic and I love they way you add pictures all along the way to help out with how to do it.

  2. Oooh, you're killing me with this one! That looks like one plateful of deliciousness. I'm totally trying your potatoes (although I'll have to fry them in butter since I don't eat pork).

    Also, I laughed right out loud reading your colorful descriptions of stuffing the chicken. I had to explain myself to my spouse, who also got a chuckle. :-D

  3. You sure are a good cook! I love this recipe and have not been making a roasted chicken in awhile. I want to make your yummy recipe! I bet it tasted so delicious!

  4. This looks so delicious. Thank you for sharing. I will definitely try this out.

  5. OMG! That looks absolutely delicious! I must have lost my invite! I have never roasted a chicken like that, nor have I used Thyme very much. But I am going to surprise my husband with this soon and let you know how I do!

  6. We put chicken on the grill quite often. We do it whole, cut it down the backbone and lay it flat. Putting the lemon slices under the skin would be an interesting addition. Thanks for the recipes.

  7. I'm so excited to see this my heart skipped a beat - I want to make chicken so tender it falls off the bone! Long & slow - won't forget and so yummy stuffed with thyme. I love this whole meal - wow!

  8. We are always looking for different ways to fix chicken...thanks!

  9. this looks delicious. I only eat a few types of meat, so I am always interested to find new ways to have chicken.