For the crispiest skin and most flavorful meat, roast bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and legs over a bed of leeks and potatoes, where they render fat and absorb flavor. A quick turn under the broiler imparts a golden finish to the chicken before they're basted in pan juices and dressed with a zippy gremolata made from toasted pine nuts, garlic, and parsley. Cookbook author Leah Koenig loves to serve these during the Passover holiday, but they're a special dinner any night of the year.

April 2022


Credit: Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Thom Driver

Recipe Summary

1 hr 15 mins
20 mins




Make the gremolata:
  • Combine parsley, pine nuts, lemon zest, and garlic on a cutting board. Sprinkle with salt, and finely chop mixture together. Transfer gremolata to a bowl, and set aside.

Make the chicken:
  • Preheat oven to 400°F with rack 8 inches from heat. Arrange potatoes, leeks, and garlic cloves in bottom of a large broiler-safe roasting pan. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Toss to coat. Pour broth into roasting pan.

  • Arrange chicken pieces, skin side up, on top of vegetable mixture in roasting pan. Brush chicken evenly with remaining 2 tablespoons oil; sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

  • Roast in preheated oven on rack 8 inches from heat until vegetables are tender and a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of chicken registers 165°F, 40 to 45 minutes, spooning pan juices over chicken after about 20 minutes.

  • Increase oven temperature to broil. (Do not remove roasting pan from oven.) Broil until chicken skin is golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool 10 minutes.

  • Transfer chicken pieces and vegetables to a platter. Spoon sauce from roasting pan over chicken; scatter generously with gremolata (about 3/4 cup). Serve hot alongside any remaining gremolata for sprinkling. 

Suggested Pairing

Robust, stone-fruity California Chardonnay: J. Lohr Riverstone