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Sep 11, 2020

Roasted Chicken with Sunchokes and Lemon

Roasted Chicken with Sunchokes and Lemon combines chicken, lemons, shallots, garlic, herbs, and spices, along with a new ingredient to me, Jerusalem artichokes, or sunchokes.

Roasted Chicken with Sunchokes and Lemon and tarragon

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This recipe features sunchokes, or Jerusalem artichokes, which are actually native to north America. They are actually the root of sunflowers. They are compared to artichokes because their flavor is similar to artichoke hearts.

I received a one pound bag of sunchokes from Melissa's Produce, one of our Flavors of Fall sponsors, along with lots of other gorgeous ingredients. If you are not familiar with sunchokes, they also taste a lot like potatoes when they are cooked, and more like chestnuts when they are raw. They are not artichokes, and they are not from Jerusalem!


I also received a bag of Meyer lemons too from Melissa's. Meyer lemons are lemony, but they are not as sour as typical lemons. I incorporated both Meyer lemon juice and Meyer lemon slices in this recipe for a fresh lemony flavor without adding too much sour flavor.

This recipe also includes lots of beautiful flavors, including saffron, tarragon, shallots, pink peppercorns, and thyme.

Meyer lemons

I used my favorite parts of a chicken, which are bone-in skin-on chicken thighs. If you prefer, you can just cut up a whole chicken to make this dish.

Ever since I had a hard time finding fresh tarragon in the grocery store, I've been trying to grow my own in a pot in my garden. I finally achieved "critical mass" where I could harvest a large amount of tarragon without killing the entire plant!

Of course, if you can't find fresh tarragon, you can use dried tarragon, at half of the amount, in this recipe.

Roasted Chicken with Sunchokes and Lemon and pink peppercorns

Shopping list for this roasted chicken:

  • Sunchokes from Melissa's Produce
  • Fresh lemon juice, plus one medium lemon
  • Chicken thighs
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Saffron threads
  • Olive oil
  • Pink peppercorns
  • Fresh thyme
  • Fresh tarragon leaves
  • Salt and pepper

Roasted Chicken with Sunchokes and tarragon

This recipe is adapted from the book Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, published in 2012. I love everything Ottolenghi and Tamimi. There are lots of cookbooks from Ottolenghi family, including Simple, and the newest by Sami Tamimi, Falastin.

I pretty much own them all.

This chicken dish is so wonderful. the flavors of the chicken, shallots, and all of the rest of the ingredients are amazing.

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Roasted Chicken with Sunchokes and Lemon

Roasted Chicken with Sunchokes and Lemon
Yield: 6 servings
Author: Karen Kerr
Roasted Chicken with Sunchokes and Lemon combines chicken, lemons, shallots, garlic, herbs, and spices, along with a new ingredient to me, Jerusalem artichokes, or sunchokes.


  • 1 pound sunchokes, peeled and cut into 2/3 inch wedges
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, divided
  • 8 skin on, bone in chicken thighs
  • 12 shallots, peeled and halved lengthwise
  • 12 large garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium Meyer lemon, halved lengthwise and then thinly sliced. 
  • 1 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2/3 cups cold water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons pink peppercorns, lightly crushed
  • 1/4 cup fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 cup tarragon leaves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place the sunchokes into a medium saucepan and cover with water and a tablespoon of the lemon juice. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes. Drain and cool.
  2. Place all of the ingredients, with the exception of the remaining lemon juice and half of the tarragon in a large mixing bowl and mix everything together. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator overnight. 
  3. Heat your oven to 475 degrees F. Arrange the chicken in a roasting pan and spread the rest of the ingredients around the chicken. Roast for 30 minutes. Cover the pan with foil and and cook for an additional 15 minutes. 
  4. Remove the pan from the oven and add the rest of the lemon juice and tarragon and stir. Add salt to taste. 
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  1. What an attractive looking dinner. It is true that we eat with our eyes first and this dish is lovely.

  2. Very different side dish. I'm loving the fresh her combo going on here!

  3. This is a delicious fall meal! Great idea to add sunchokes and lemons.

  4. I've been stuck in a dinner time rut for so long, this looks like the perfect way to break out of it!

  5. Ah yes this would be perfect to fall into autumn ... and I think with those gorgeous lemons it might just take me forward into spring 🥰

  6. This is a beautiful meal. The chicken looks so flavorful and I'm a huge fan of sunchokes now.

    1. They were totally new to me until now. Thanks!

  7. What a delicious chicken dinner!

  8. What a great new twist on regular chicken!!

  9. This whole dish looks delish! All the hearty goodness with the chicken and chokes and lemon is like comfort on a plate.


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