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Sesame-Crusted Roast Chicken


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  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari sauce
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 3 1/2 pound whole chicken
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound small new yellow or red potatoes, scrubbed and halved (quartered if large)
  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped parsley


Servings 6
Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 100mins
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Step 1

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a small bowl whisk together soy sauce, 1 Tbsp. of sesame oil, sesame seeds, ginger, garlic, and black pepper; set aside. Pat chicken dry; season with salt. Fold legs up over breast. Tie legs together with 100% cotton kitchen string. Twist wing tips under back.
Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until very hot, 3 to 5 minutes. Add remaining sesame oil to skillet; heat 30 seconds. Place chicken breast side down in the skillet; sear 3 minutes or until golden and crusty. Turn chicken over and sear 3 minutes more. Remove skillet from heat.
Scatter potatoes around chicken. Pour the soy sauce mixture over chicken and potatoes. Roast 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the thighs registers 175 degrees F, stirring potatoes and spooning the skillet drippings over chicken once or twice during cooking. If sauce evaporates during roasting, add broth. Remove skillet from oven. Cover chicken; let rest 5 minutes. Sprinkle potatoes with parsley before serving.

Nutrition Facts (Sesame-Crusted Roast Chicken)
Per serving: 503 kcal cal., 32 g fat (8 g sat. fat, 8 g polyunsaturated fat, 13 g monounsatured fat), 134 mg chol., 652 mg sodium, 15 g carb., 2 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 36 g pro. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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