Sesame-Crusted Roast Chicken


Sear a whole chicken in cast iron and you'll have one juicy, crispy bird. New potatoes absorb the tasty drippings as it roasts.

Sesame-Crusted Roast Chicken
Photo: Blaine Moats
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 40 mins


  • cup reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari sauce

  • 2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

  • 2 tablespoon sesame seeds

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

  • 1 3.5-4 pound whole chicken

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 pound small new yellow or red potatoes, scrubbed and halved (quartered if large)

  • cup reduced-sodium chicken broth (optional)

  • 2 tablespoon coarsely chopped parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. In a small bowl whisk together soy sauce, 1 Tbsp. of sesame oil, sesame seeds, ginger, garlic, and black pepper; set aside. Pat chicken dry; season with salt. Fold legs up over breast. Tie legs together with 100% cotton kitchen string. Twist wing tips under back.

  2. Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until very hot, 3 to 5 minutes. Add remaining sesame oil to skillet; heat 30 seconds. Place chicken breast side down in the skillet; sear 3 minutes or until golden and crusty. Turn chicken over and sear 3 minutes more. Remove skillet from heat.

  3. Scatter potatoes around chicken. Pour the soy sauce mixture over chicken and potatoes. Roast 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the thighs registers 175°F, stirring potatoes and spooning the skillet drippings over chicken once or twice during cooking. If sauce evaporates during roasting, add broth. Remove skillet from oven. Cover chicken; let rest 5 minutes. Sprinkle potatoes with parsley before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

503 Calories
32g Fat
15g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 503
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 134mg 45%
Sodium 652mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 11.5mg 58%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 2.2mg 12%
Potassium 614mg 13%
Folate, total 24.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.7mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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