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Tomato-Butter Roast Chicken

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Tomato-Butter Roast Chicken

I am firmly in the camp that everyone should know how to properly roast a chicken, and this should be the recipe you try. Tomato butter works wonders on chicken. Not only does it keep the bird moist, but the healthy dose of tomato paste brings a slightly sweet, umami acidity, which chicken could often use. Plus, there are no better veggies than ones that have been roasted underneath a chicken, collecting all of that flavor-packed schmaltz. This is a great way to add some excitement to a classic roast chicken.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp.ground cumin
  • 1 tsp.ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp.cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp.plus 1 tsp. kosher salt, divided, plus more
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1(3 1/2- to 4-lb.) whole chicken
  • 1 1/2 lb.baby Yukon potatoes, quartered
  • 2large leeks, white and light green parts sliced into 1/2″ rounds
  • 1 tbsp.extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 c.(1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 c.tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp.fresh thyme leaves

Directions

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