This summer, I roasted chicken thighs and red potatoes from my garden for an easy weeknight dinner. However, one night I slid a pat of frozen Morel Herb Butter under the chicken skin and discovered a date night version. As the chicken thighs roast in a bath of herb butter, the potatoes absorb the chicken juice and end up studded with chicken drippings. And the chicken thighs are succulent and topped with a crisp layer of skin. Be prepared for your significant other to melt. —gravy lessons
What You'll Need
small potatoes, fresh from the garden
fresh thyme, orange thyme is my new favorite
kosher salt and pepper
red cayenne powder
garlic clove, smashed
squeeze of fresh lemon juice
fresh morel mushrooms, minced
Preheat your oven to 430 degrees. Dry chicken thighs with paper towels and place on an oiled cookie sheet. Generously sprinkle the thighs with kosher salt, then add fresh ground pepper and red cayenne. Allow the chicken thighs to sit out for thirty to forty minutes to warm up to room temperature. This technique is key for super crispy skin.
Morel Herb Butter: Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat with a smashed garlic clove in it and then add the mushrooms. Add the pinch of salt. Cook until the morels are tender, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and spoon out the smashed clove of garlic. Stir in a squeeze of lemon juice.
Smear the herb butter under the chicken thighs skin. Chop up the potatoes and place in a bowl. Add a sprinkle of olive oil and seasonings and stir together with your hand. Tuck the potatoes around the room temperature chicken thighs. Evenly distribute the fresh thyme sprigs over the potatoes and chicken. Place them in the oven for 45 minutes or until the skin is nice and crispy. Remove from the oven and serve.