Baked Chicken with Potatoes and Fennel

April 23, 2008

Baked Chicken with Potatoes and Fennel


1 1/2 pounds potatoes, halved and sliced into 1/2-inch-thick half-moons
1 medium fennel bulb, fronds chopped, stalks sliced crosswise 1/2 inch thick, and bulb halved then sliced 1/4 inch thick lengthwise (tough core removed and discarded)
4 cloves garlic, halved lengthwise
5 teaspoons olive oil
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 whole chicken, cut into 10 pieces (about 2 1/2 pounds)
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a deep 9-by-13-inch baking dish, toss potatoes with fennel (bulb and stalk), garlic, and 4 teaspoons oil. Season generously with salt and pepper. Bake, tossing occasionally, until potato edges are browned, 35 to 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, warm remaining teaspoon oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper; cook, starting with skin side down, until browned on both sides, 6 to 10 minutes. Remove chicken.

Wipe skillet with a paper towel; add broth, and bring to a boil. Add chicken and hot broth to potato mixture in baking dish; bake until chicken is no longer pink and an instant-read thermometer registers 165 degrees, 20 to 25 minutes. Garnish with fronds.

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