Lavender in the Kitchen: Lavender-Rosemary Chicken and Red Potatoes

From sweet dishes to savory meals, this versatile herb is a kitchen essential.

| June/July 2004

Makes 4 servings
Roasted chicken and potatoes take on a distinctively delicious flavor when delicately infused with lavender and rosemary.

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon or other grainy mustard
  • ½ tablespoon fresh snipped rosemary
  • ½  tablespoon fresh lavender flowers
  • ½  teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 skinless and boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 medium red potatoes (about 1 pound), cut into wedges
  • ¾ cup chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers for garnish
  1. Combine the first nine ingredients (garlic through pepper) together in a shallow bowl. Place chicken breasts in herb sauce to coat both sides.
  2. Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook for 3 to 5 minutes on both sides, or until golden brown.
  3. Transfer browned chicken breasts to a large baking pan. Add potatoes to the remaining herb sauce and toss until potatoes are well coated. Arrange the potatoes around the chicken and drizzle in any remaining sauce; pour chicken stock over all.
  4. Cover and bake for about 1 hour, or until potatoes are tender and chicken is cooked through. (Remove the cover during the last 10 minutes of baking to brown potatoes.) Garnish with remaining fresh lavender flowers before serving.

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