Friday Food : Product Review : McCormick Recipe Inspirations Rosemary Roasted Chicken with Potatoes

I’m doing something a little different with this week’s food fun. I’m combining it with a product review. Before I go any further let me state for the record McCormick did not ask me to write about this and I am not being compensated in any way, other than your visit.

Raise your hand if you have seen the McCormick spice kits in your local grocer. Technically they’re called Recipe Inspirations and they were voted Product of the Year 2011 by a consumer survey of product innovation. Impressed? Intrigued? Well I was too, so I put the simplest version I could find to the test.

On the website there are 14 various kits listed, including chicken, steak, pork and seafood combinations. On the back of each package it is listed what you will need and the directions. The package cleverly checks off the spices you will be using to show how close you are to a delicious home cooked meal!

The version I picked required the purchase of chicken thighs (about 2 pounds) and small red potatoes (about 1.5 pounds). It also required olive oil and salt, but I had both at home. The spice kit ran me a little over $2.00, the chicken was on sale for around $3.00 to $4.00 and the potatoes were under $2.00 as well.

Rosemary Roasted Chicken with Potatoes


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
6 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed (about 2 pounds)(I used boneless)
1.5 pounds small red potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Mix the oil, spices and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Add chicken and potatoes.
  4. Toss to coat well.
  5. Arrange chicken and potatoes in a single layer in a baking dish lined with foil or sprayed with non-stick cooking spray (15x10x1-inch).
  6. Roast, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are tender, turn potatoes occasionally. (I did not stir the potatoes and my chicken took 40-45 minutes to cook)


I could not have asked for an easier recipe and kit. This product deserves every point of Product of the Year. I changed the order of things because honestly in the time it took to preheat my oven I was able to mix all the ingredients, including cutting the potatoes and mixing all the spices. 10-15 minutes from the start I was sitting back in front of my movie waiting for the aromas.

That being said…in the future I would adapt if for my own usage. 6 chicken thighs is A LOT for a single gal. All week long I’ve been eating chicken. Which means I made a week’s worth of food for about 10 dollars. I would think about mixing all the dry spices together and then saving some for another time. OR what I would like more is to increase the amount of potatoes used and only coat them in the spices. Maybe throw in some veggies near the end to get in on the action. I would prepare my chicken on its own, using a foreman or something? Then I could have chicken breast instead which I like more and only make 1 piece at a time. Just a few thoughts.

Another plus is how the card removes from the spice packaging. Now I will always have the guide for making this meal. I can go to the store and buy my own paprika, rosemary, garlic and black pepper. And to be honest, I probably will buy rosemary, I have the black pepper and I’m not huge on garlic or paprika…looks like I may try making it without those two spices and see what I think? Because after all, that is the point of the kitchen. Learn what you like, find something you can easily make and HAVE FUN!

2 thoughts on “Friday Food : Product Review : McCormick Recipe Inspirations Rosemary Roasted Chicken with Potatoes

  1. ohhhhh! i seriously love spices so this sounds perfect to me! but i agree…sometimes recipes call for too much for just lil ole me 🙂 thanks for the recipe!

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