Pan-Roasted Chicken with Spinach and Smashed Potatoes

September 16, 2010 | By andrea | Filed in: Chicken, Comfort Food, Main Dish, Potatoes.

This recipe for Pan-Roasted Chicken with Spinach and Smashed Potatoes is definitely comfort food. Plus, it’s a simple enough meal to pull together on a weeknight…you’ve got to love that! Husband was delighted when he walked in the door from work and was greeted with the wonderful fragrance of roast chicken.

I pretty much followed the recipe except for a few subtle changes. I chose to use a whole onion (quartered and some layers separated) instead of the shallots. Also, I used a different pan for the spinach so I could use the pan drippings from the chicken to make a simple gravy. I didn’t feel like messing with garlic so I didn’t add any to the spinach. If the lemony spinach sits too long then it starts to turn a funky greyish color so definitely wait until ready to serve before adding the lemon. For the smashed potatoes, I omitted the lemon zest and substituted good ol’ butter for the oil.  The taters were delicious and using potato cooking water in place of milk or cream is a genius way to get a healthier version of mashed potatoes. This was a great meal that I know I’ll be making again and again!

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Spinach and Smashed Potatoes
-recipe from Martha Steward Everyday Food Magazine
Serves 4.

1 1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (6 to 8 ounces each)
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
4 teaspoons olive oil
4 large shallots, quartered
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 pound spinach, trimmed and washed
Fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a medium saucepan, bring potatoes to a boil in salted water and cook until potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife, 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and thyme. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of the olive oil over medium-high. Cook chicken, skin side down, until golden and crisp, 5 minutes. Flip, then add shallots; cook until chicken is browned, 5 minutes. Flip shallots, then transfer skillet to oven. Roast until chicken is cooked through, 15 minutes.

Reserve 3/4 cup cooking water from potatoes. Drain potatoes and return to pan. Add 2 teaspoons of the oil, the lemon zest, and reserved cooking water; season with salt and pepper and roughly mash.

Transfer chicken and shallots to a platter and heat skillet over medium. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil and the garlic cloves, and stir until fragrant, 30 seconds. Gradually add spinach, and toss until wilted, 3 to 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Serve chicken with shallots, potatoes, and spinach.

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14 comments on “Pan-Roasted Chicken with Spinach and Smashed Potatoes

  1. That is definitely great comfort food!
    So glad we could feature you this week on Friendly Friday! 🙂

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  3. Beth says:

    New follower stopping by from Friendly Friday- I subscribed by email because all of your food looks so good! I was just thinking about what to have for dinner and I’m leaning towards your grilled buttermilk chicken- yum! 🙂

    Stop by if you have a chance- thanks!

  4. WOW, this looks sooooo good! I’m always skeptical of magazine recipes (don’t know why), so I’m so glad to know this one turns out good!

    I’m having a recipe link up this weekend and would love if you would add this.

  5. Darlene says:

    Following from Friendly Friday Follow. Your recipes look delicious!. I like that they are printer friendly!

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  7. That plate looks so good I just want to mix the spinach up with the smashed potatoes and dig in! Thanks for linking up with Family Food Fridays, it’s a great addition, hope to see ya next week too. 🙂

  8. Nestygirl says:

    Hi There!

    Mmmm, that looks like the perfect fall supper!

    I’m visiting from Friendly Friday. Have a great weekend!

  9. I am always interested in chicken recipes. This looks like the perfect meal, veggies and meat. I like the way you’ve replace some things, it’s smart.

  10. erica k says:

    this looks like a happy meal to me.

    thanks for stopping by my blog. I subscribed to your emails, yummy foods.

  11. I Sicilian says:

    just found you on mom’s blogs and thought your posts to be very nice and wanted to let you know

  12. Smashed Potatoes is SUCH a comfort food. MMMMMM. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Beautiful plate! Looks like perfect food for our fall weather:)

  14. Jerri says:

    Suddenly I’m feeling hungry. Great looking meal! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!