From Selma’s Table: Extraordinary Roasted Chicken, Potatoes and Chickpeas

Chicken thighs, chickpeas and potatoes marinated for 24 hours in amazing ingredients. Baked the next day until crisp. Fabulously delicious that you’d love to polish off everything. 

Selma has been famous not only in the WordPress community, but also in other food sites. Her take on Elaine’s recipe made her won at Food52 and everyone talked about that. Her take includes chicken thighs. Did someone said chicken thighs? Get out of the way and I’m coming, baby! 😀

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I loved Elaine’s recipe so I know loved this, too. When this won at Food52, I thought ‘Oh wow! Elaine must have done an amazing job. This is a must try. The way Selma described the dish, this must be really awesome.’

I was expecting to eat the dish alone so I used only three chicken thighs which I also expect that could last for two sittings. I made the dish around mid-morning and I should have finished the whole dish if my cousin didn’t tell me to save some for her. When she arrived from work, she was surprised when it’s almost gone. What else would she expect me to do? 😛

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It’s amazing how tender the chicken thighs were and how super tasty this was. I honestly regret why I didn’t get myself another batch of chicken thighs. Oh, well! You can’t expect amazing food to stay too long.

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Extraordinary Roasted Chicken, Potatoes and Chickpeas

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 400 g can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 400 g floury potatoes, washed, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 whole head of garlic, cloves separated
  • 4 chicken thighs,  bone-in, skin-on


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ½  tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp harissa paste
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Mix all the ingredients for the marinade. Set aside.
  2. Place the chicken thighs, chickpeas and potatoes in a ziplock bag or shallow container. Add in the marinade mix and combine well. Tightly cover the dish  or tightly close the ziplock bag. Place it in the fridge for 24 hours. Try mixing it whenever you open the fridge. (I did kept mine in a disposable container and made ‘shake shake shake’ whenever I open the fridge 😀 )
  3. Next day: preheat your oven to 375 F. Transfer the marinated chicken and veggies into a baking dish and cover with aluminum foil. Bake for about 1 hour. Remove the aluminum foil and bake uncovered for another 15 minutes or until the crips and lovely golden brown.

See Selma’s recipe here: Extraordinary Roasted Chicken, Potatoes and Chickpeas by Selma @ Selma’s Table

I hope you try this recipe (if you haven’t) and I am sure you will love this. I promise you that. 🙂


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I am sharing this at Fiesta Friday #84, hosted by the Amazing Angie. Thank you for linking up at last week’s FF when me and Elaine were co-hosts. I hope you do link up this week with Effie and Steffi.


Before I close this post, I want to share this video. I suddenly remember Selma the moment I heard the song. We miss you, dear friend.


You can still share your tribute for our darling Selma. The link is permanently open. 


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61 thoughts on “From Selma’s Table: Extraordinary Roasted Chicken, Potatoes and Chickpeas

  1. I’m going to make this again! It’s so good! But first I should buy harissa or make it. I didn’t use it the last time. It must have added quite a lot of flavor?

    1. Maybe it depends on the harissa, Angie. Mine is given by a dear friend, but from the store, not the homemade one. But it gives something to the dish. This is so delicious. 🙂

  2. I’m sure Selma would have been pleased as punch to see you making this! It looks fantastic, Jhuls!! I love the marinade ingredients too, so I will have to give it a go (but without the chicken!). Thanks for linking up this week, but you are a star and rarely miss a Fiesta Friday. Happy FF#84 🙂

    1. With or without chicken (Elaine’s recipe), this is sooo good!! Elaine also mentioned about adding (or maybe replacing the potatoes with) cauliflowers. I will try that next time and play a little. 😉 Thanks for co-hosting. My Friday will never be the same without FF – this has been a part of my week. 😉 Have a lovely week. xx

  3. This recipe really seems very very extraordinary! I saw quite a few renditions at the tribute. Its popularity must be due to how delicious it is with that lovely marinade. Happy FF! 🙂

    1. I told myself I need to make this at least once a month. I am planning to make the same and bring it at my workplace for our lunch. This is so good. 😀 Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely week. xx

  4. Gosh, this looks soooooo good Jhuls, an awesome take on selma and elaine’s recipe!! I’ve been meaning to try this for ages, I absolutely must soon – will have take a few little changes so it works for my silly diet better, but I can’t wait!

    1. What is the silly diet all about, Michelle? Why I don’t have one? 😛
      We have so many things to try on our list – it never ends and it will never get shorter, I guess. I hope you share your thoughts on this, Michelle. I’d love to hear it. Thanks for stopping by. xx

  5. Thank you so much for bringing this along to FF – it’s been sitting on my to-do list for far too long! I love Selma’s and Elaine’s way with spices, which can turn an ordinary ingredient into a real showstopper.
    Have a wonnderful weekend!
    Ginger x

    1. Hello, Ginger. Thank you so much for co-hosting this week’s FF. They are indeed very creative in using ordinary ingredients and turning them into extraordinary recipes. Have a lovely week. 🙂 xx

  6. People pass away but leave behind loving memories! I didn’t know Selma but I have seen so many people saying only good things about her. May she rest in peace. This recipe sure looks fabulous!

    1. I know. I have known her from the blog, but I felt that I have known her personally and for long time. She had touched so many lives and left behinds so many amazing memories. Thank you so much for stopping by. 🙂

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