Roasted Chicken with Pomme Dauphine

Roast Chicken

  • 2 ½ cups cold water
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns (toasted)
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds (toasted)
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 1 branch of thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • (1) 3 ½ -pound chicken
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place water, salt, honey, peppercorns, coriander, rosemary, bay leaf, and thyme in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until salt is completely dissolved. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  2. Pour cool brine over chicken in a Ziploc bag and allow to soak in a refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours, up to 24 hours (turning occasionally). Overnight is recommended.
  3. Remove chicken from bag, rinse off with cool water, and pat dry.
  4. Place chicken on a roasting rack, or oven safe pan. Season the outside of the bird with salt and pepper.
  5. Roast in a 400-degree oven for approximately 1 hour, until the internal temperature reaches 155°F. Let rest until the internal temperature rises to 165°F.

Pomme Dauphine

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 large Yukon potatoes
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 qt high temperature fry oil
  1. Peel potatoes and place in a small pot of cool water. Simmer until potatoes are fork-tender, strain water, then mash into a puree. Reserve for later.
  2. Place water, milk, butter, and salt into medium saucepan and bring to boil.
  3. Add flour and stir it in until a smooth dough forms, stir over low heat to dry out the dough. When it starts to pull away from the sides, transfer to a bowl, then let cool for 2 minutes
  4. Beat eggs into dough, one at a time until fully mixed, then add in mashed potatoes and continue to mix until incorporated.
  5. Heat oil in a large pot until it reaches 325°F, drop spoonfuls of the pomme dauphine in oil and allow to cook for 1 minute on each side. Remove from fryer and season with salt.

Serve with the 2020 Vista Verde Pinot Noir and your favorite side dish or salad.

Wyatt Keith Executive Chef
Dry Creek Kitchen