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Baked Chicken & Potatoes (Wire Rack Method!)

October 6, 2023 by Chris Collins

Here I’ll show you a trick to making crispy & juicy chicken alongside ultra flavoursome potatoes!

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overhead shot of baked chicken and potatoes served on small white plate with tenderstem broccoli

Baked Chicken Thighs

For this recipe, we’re using bone-in skin-on chicken thighs. Baking chicken thighs is great because they don’t dry out as easily as chicken breast, meaning if you roast a little longer than intended it’s not going to completely ruin the chicken.

I recommend using bone-in thighs because they tend to stay juicier and cook more evenly than boneless thighs. You also want the skin on, not only because crispy chicken skin is the best thing in the world; but also because a lot of the fat is going to come from the chicken skin, and the fat is what we’ll use to cook the potatoes (more on this in just a sec).

Can I use Chicken Breast instead?

I don’t recommend it for this recipe, just because you need excess fat for the potatoes and chicken breast won’t have enough.

Process shots: add paprika, onion/garlic powder, oregano, salt/pepper & olive oil to a bowl (photo 1), whisk to combine (photo 2), add thighs (photo 3), mix until evenly coated (photo 4).

4 step by step photos showing how to season chicken thighs

Baked Chicken and Potatoes

Alrighty, here’s where the fun starts.

What we’re essentially going to do is elevate the chicken above the potatoes, so the fat renders down onto the potatoes as they cook. From there, the potatoes will soak up all that gorgeous flavour and roast in the chicken fat.

Why use a wire rack for the chicken?

Good question – why not just plonk the chicken straight on top of the potatoes? By elevating the chicken thighs you create a lot more space around the chicken, which allows the hot air to circulate more efficiently around the meat. This will not only cook the meat more evenly, but it also prevents steaming, which in turn prevents the chicken from crisping up (namely the skin). You also then give the potatoes a little more room to roast properly as well.

To prep the potatoes just add a very small amount of oil to some sliced baby potatoes and give them a good pinch of salt and pepper. The small amount of oil will help prevent the potatoes from initially sticking to the baking dish, while the salt and pepper gives them a base seasoning, just to get the party started.

4 step by step photos showing how to make chicken and potatoes

Chicken Fat Potatoes

Once the thighs are cooked, just remove them and place them to one side. They’ve done their job.

At this point the potatoes will be cooked, but they won’t be crispy and won’t have soaked up much of the fat. As such, you’ll want to give them a toss them in the fat, crank up the heat and whack them back in the oven until deep golden & lightly charred.

Process shots: remove thighs (photo 1), toss potatoes (photo 2), roast (photo 3).

3 step by step photos showing how to make chicken fat potatoes

Chicken and Potatoes FAQ

Can I use different cuts of chicken?

I’ve done this recipe with drumsticks, which works well because they’re also quite fatty and have a similar cooking time to thighs. Wings would work, but cooking times would differ.

What kind of potatoes to use?

Here I’ve used baby potatoes which work perfectly. I find they hold their shape well over the long period of cooking.

Can I use different seasoning?

Absolutely. You can use your favourite seasoning mix if you have one. Just make sure you season well and remember it’s for the potatoes as well!

overhead shot oven baked chicken potatoes in large white baking dish

Serving Baked Chicken and Potatoes

You can serve just the chicken and potatoes as they are, or you could add a Side. Here I’ve served with Roasted Broccolini, but Garlic Green Beans also work nicely. In the video below I served with Romesco Sauce which works AMAZINGLY. If you want a Sauce you could add Creamy Peppercorn Sauce or even Homemade Gravy!

Looking for another nifty chicken dinner? Check out my Baked Chicken and Rice (one dish!)

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this chicken and potatoes shall we?!

close up shot of baked chicken and potatoes on small white plate with broccolini

How to make Baked Chicken and Potatoes (Full Recipe & Video)

overhead shot of baked chicken and potatoes served on small white plate with tenderstem broccoli

Baked Chicken & Potatoes (Wire Rack Method!)

Here I'll show you a trick to making crispy & juicy chicken alongside ultra flavoursome potatoes!
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Servings (click & slide): 3 - 4
Course: Dinner / Main Course
Cuisine: Universal
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Calories per serving: 722kcal
Cost per serving: £2 / $2.50


  • 12x9" / 30x22cm Baking Dish (or similar size)
  • Wire Rack
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Tongs

Ingredients (check list):

  • 1kg / 2lb bone in skin on Chicken Thighs, preferably brought close to room temp (see notes)
  • 750g / 1.6lb Baby Potatoes, halved
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Salt, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 tsp EACH: Oregano, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Black Pepper, plus a pinch more pepper for the potatoes


  • Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine paprika, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper and 3/4 tsp salt with 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil until a paste forms (add a dash more oil if needed). Toss in the chicken until evenly coated.
  • In an 12x9" / 30x22cm baking dish (or similar size) add the baby potatoes alongside the remaining oil and salt + a large pinch of pepper. Toss to combine, then place them all cut-side-down. Add a wire rack on top then add the thighs on top of the wire rack.
  • Pop in the oven for around 35-40mins, or until the thighs are crispy, lightly charred and piping hot through the centre (timings will depend on the size of the thighs so just be vigilant). Remove the chicken and place on a plate to one side.
  • Use tongs or a spatula to toss the potatoes in the chicken fat, then crank up the heat to 220C/430F and roast the potatoes until deep golden/lightly charred, tossing once or twice as needed (up to 10mins or so). If you need to roast past 10mins, add the chicken back in for a couple of mins before the potatoes are done, just to crisp them back up.
  • Season potatoes with more salt if desired then serve up and enjoy. I like to spoon over some of the excess fat over the chicken at the end! (see notes for serving suggestions).

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Chicken - Important to use skin-on thighs, because that's where a lot of the fat comes from. I also recommend using bone-in thighs; they tend to stay juicier than boneless thighs. I don't recommend roasting the chicken straight out the fridge because it tends to end up slightly more tough and doesn't cook as evenly.
b) Can I use breast instead? - I don't recommend using breast because it's not fatty enough. It'll also dry out much easier than thigh.
c) Excess Oil - Depending on how fatty your thighs are and how much skin they have, you'll likely still have a little excess oil after roasting the potatoes, which is absolutely fine. You can discard this, spoon over the chicken or store in the fridge for a later use (i.e. roasting potatoes again).
d) Serving/Sides - Here I've served with Roasted Broccolini, but Garlic Green Beans also work nicely. If you want a sauce you could add Romesco Sauce (as served in the video), Creamy Peppercorn Sauce or even Homemade Gravy!
e) Calories -  Whole recipe divided by 3 with no sides or sauces.

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Nutrition Facts
Baked Chicken & Potatoes (Wire Rack Method!)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 722 Calories from Fat 429
% Daily Value*
Fat 47.66g73%
Saturated Fat 12.177g61%
Trans Fat 0.215g
Polyunsaturated Fat 9.363g
Monounsaturated Fat 21.729g
Cholesterol 245mg82%
Sodium 599mg25%
Potassium 1147mg33%
Carbohydrates 27.04g9%
Fiber 3.3g13%
Sugar 1.18g1%
Protein 44.35g89%
Vitamin A 198IU4%
Vitamin C 29.8mg36%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 2.92mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    February 21, 2024 at 1:35 pm

    Can this sit in the marinade in the fridge for a few hours if I want to prep ahead of time?

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      February 24, 2024 at 4:45 am

      Absolutely! C.

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    Mary Gargiulo
    April 15, 2023 at 11:08 pm

    5 stars
    This was amazing! Easy, inexpensive, impressive flavor, and plates beautifully.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      April 16, 2023 at 11:07 am

      Thanks so much for the review, Mary! C.

  • Reply
    October 12, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    This is a hit with my picky crew! Absolutely awesome, thank you.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      October 13, 2022 at 9:52 am

      So great to hear, Susan! 🙂

  • Reply
    August 15, 2022 at 4:32 am

    Is this really more than 1,000 calories and 70 grams of fat in one serving? That’s almost an entire day’s worth of calories and fat….

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 15, 2022 at 5:00 pm

      I must say that does seem a little extravagant. I did the calculations again and for whatever reason it does come out less. It is a slight overestimate either way because you’re not consuming the oil left in the baking dish at the end.

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        August 18, 2022 at 4:29 am

        Thanks for double checking and replying. The nutritional info looks a bit better now!

  • Reply
    June 29, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Hi Chris, thanks so much for this brilliant recipe! I plan to try making this dish, as I’m sure my kids will love it. Which oven rack level do you use to place the baking dish?

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 30, 2022 at 2:18 am

      Hey Rubina! I usually just pop the baking dish in the lower-middle, with the wire rack directly on top of that, so the chicken ends up somewhere in the middle 🙂

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    Dee Johannessen
    March 27, 2022 at 11:23 am

    5 stars
    Chris I made! Absolutely gorgeous. So easy to do and hubby and family loved it. I even put carrots in with the potatoes…what a way to go! Always luv your recipes but hey everyone try this one. You will NOT be disappointed. Cheers from Dee in Liverpool

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      March 28, 2022 at 10:31 am

      Dee, thanks so much for popping back and sharing these kind words! Glad the recipe went down well 🙂 C.