Cast-Iron Skillet Chicken with Fennel, Potato, Onion and Roasted Garlic
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- 1 3 1/2- to 4-pound chicken
- Kosher salt
- 1 large bulb fennel or 2 medium, trimmed and cut into 3/4- to 1-inch wedges
- 2 large Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch wedges
- 2 medium onions, cut into 1-inch wedges
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
- About 1/4 cup EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
- Black pepper
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 2 bulbs garlic, top ends cut to expose cloves
- 1 lemon, halved
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1/4 cup cream
Salt chicken inside and out; tie legs and trim wing tips. Refrigerate several hours or overnight uncovered or at least 1 hour on counter.
Place a cast-iron skillet in the oven and preheat oven to 425°F.
Toss fennel, potatoes, onions, half the thyme, some salt and pepper in a bowl with about 3 tablespoons EVOO. Pat chicken dry then drizzle with oil and season with remaining thyme, black pepper and fennel seed.
Drizzle the garlic with oil and season with salt and pepper.
Remove the hot skillet from the oven and add vegetables. Nest garlic in the veggies cut-side up then set chicken on top. Roast 1 hour, adding lemon halves to the pan in the last 20 minutes of cooking time. Chicken should have an internal temperature of 160°F at the thigh.
Carve chicken and douse meat with juice of remaining lemon half.
Serve chicken with fennel and potatoes alongside, with some roasted garlic cream spooned over everything.