Herbed Faux-tisserie Chicken and Potatoes

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Yield: 4 Servings


You can roast a chicken in less time, but going low-and-slow yields a meltingly tender, shreddable texture.


2 teaspoons fennel seeds

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh marjoram; plus 4 sprigs, divided

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme; plus 4 sprigs, divided

1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more

6 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 3½-4 pound chicken

1 lemon, quartered

1 head of garlic, halved crosswise

2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed, halved, or quartered if large


Preheat oven to 300°. Coarsely grind fennel seeds and red pepper flakes in a spice mill or with a mortar and pestle. Combine spice mixture, chopped marjoram, chopped thyme, 1 Tbsp. salt, ½ tsp. pepper, and 3 Tbsp. oil in a small bowl. Rub chicken inside and out with spice mixture. Stuff chicken with lemon, garlic, 2 marjoram sprigs, and 2 thyme sprigs. Tie legs together with kitchen twine.

Toss potatoes with remaining 3 Tbsp. oil on a rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Push potatoes to edges of baking sheet and scatter remaining 2 marjoram and 2 thyme sprigs in center; place chicken on herbs. Roast, turning potatoes and basting chicken every hour, until skin is browned, meat is extremely tender, and potatoes are golden brown and very soft, about 3 hours. Let chicken rest at least 10 minutes before carving.