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Whole Roasted Greek Chicken and PotatoesIf you’ve never roasted a whole chicken before, it can be a bit intimidating but really, it’s one of the easiest and most delicious weeknight meals to throw together and feed a hungry family! Get dinner on the table easily with this Whole Roasted Greek Chicken and Potatoes.

I absolutely love Greek food, especially Greek potatoes. The earthy oregano along with the bright lemon flavor makes the most amazing combination in my opinion. Here is my way of getting those greek potatoes on the table along with a whole roasted chicken… all in one skillet! 

Whole Roasted Greek Chicken and Potatoes

I prefer to ‘spatchcock’, or remove the backbone, of my chicken when roasting it for multiple reasons. It cooks more evenly, it cooks more quickly, and it gets crisper across the whole top which is absolutely delicious! Removing the backbone from a chicken sounds daunting but let me assure you it’s like the easiest thing ever, so long as you own a pair of good poultry shears. Simply cut along each side of the backbone, flip it over and press down on the breasts to lay it flat/make it butterflied open and you’ve done the job! It’s just that simple and you’ll have the most fantastic Whole Roasted Greek Chicken and Potatoes!



For another roasted chicken recipe, try my Peruvian-Inspired Whole Roasted Chicken with Tangy “Green Sauce”!

Whole Roasted Greek Chicken and Potatoes
Serves 4
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Total Time
45 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 1.5 lbs. yellow potatoes (or 4 medium sized yellow potatoes), cut into 2" chunks
  2. 1/2 yellow onion, sliced thin
  3. 2 tbsp + 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  4. kosher salt
  5. cracked black pepper
  6. 1.5 tablespoons dried oregano
  7. 1/4 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  8. 1 (3.5-4 lb.) whole chicken
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Lay the potatoes and yellow onion on a large cast iron skillet or sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano. Top mixture with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and toss to coat evenly.
  3. Next, Spatchcock the chicken by using kitchen shears to remove the backbone. Rinse chicken (inside and out) and pat dry.
  4. Place the chicken cavity side up over the potato and onion mixture.
  5. In a bowl, combine 1 tablespoon dried oregano and 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil and brush the back of chicken with 1/4 of the mixture. Season lightly with kosher salt and pepper.
  6. Flip the chicken over and brush remaining oil mixture on top of chicken and drizzle with 2 tablespoons more of lemon juice. Season the top generously with kosher salt and pepper.
  7. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes, remove from oven, toss the potatoes and place back into the oven and continue to roast for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast registers 155 to 160 degrees.
  8. Remove the chicken from the oven and cover the skillet tightly with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
  9. Cut the chicken into quarters, sprinkle with kosher salt and serve hot with pan juices and potatoes.
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Welcome! I’m Alex.

I’m a food lover sharing healthy, simple, delicious, recipes from my kitchen to yours. Here you’ll find lots of Whole30, lots of healthy, and a little indulgence here and there because…it’s all about balance y’all!

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  1. I had never heard of spatchcock before I saw this recipe but decided to give it a try! Oh. My! My husband complimented me multiple times! The chicken was moist and delicious and those potatoes?! So much flavor from cooking in the oil, lemon, spice mixture! I will definitely make this again! Yum!!

  2. I just made this to tonight and it was so good! Even my 4 year older daughter liked it and ate a chicken leg for the first time. The potatoes were so so good. Perfect.

  3. Super yummy! Made it for some friends and they lived it. The potatoes were sooooo good and the chicken was perfectly done. I cooked it on the traeger instead of the oven and had to sub oregano for the primal palate super gyro seasoning.

  4. I love all of your dishes, but this is hands down our favorite – so simple yet so flavorful, we make this every week!

  5. OMG, Alex. This was so simple and delicious. My entire family raved about it, including my 10 and 7 year-olds. It will definitely be in our regular rotation.

  6. This is hands down the best chicken I’ve ever made at home. So much flavor!! Can’t wait to make it again.

  7. Will the temperature change if I cook it on a sheet tray? What’s the advantage of cooking on a cast iron? Other than its awesome!