Prep 1 hr
Cook 20 mins
This is a very nice dinner for two -- Middle Eastern style.
- 1 small chicken, quartered
- freshly ground black pepper
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
- 1⁄4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3 teaspoons fruity olive oil
- 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
- In a shallow dish filled with a mixture of garlic, lemon juice, oil, and parsley, roll the chicken quarters to coat them.
- Allow to marinate at least 1 hour.
- Preheat the broiler.
- Drain the chicken, reserving the marinade.
- Set the broiling rack about 7 inches from the heat.
- Place the quarters, skin side down on the broiling rack, and broil 10 minutes, basting often with the cooking juices and a little of the marinade.
- Turn the quarters over and broil the chicken 10 minutes longer.
- Turn and brush twice more with remaining oil mixture until both sides are golden brown and crusty.
- Serve at once.
I made this using a family pack of chicken legs. I had to increase cooking time because the legs were so big. These turned out wonderful and they were so moist. The recipe is easy and quick. The fresh squeezed lemon was great and not over-powering like the bottled stuff. It reheated pretty great (I made them for the Sabbath) but they were better fresh out of the oven. I will definitely make them again. I did use more garlic just because I love it. Thanks for the recipe.
OH, my! I'd been wanting to make this for almost a week, and due to some stuff life threw us, had the chicken marinated, but had to freeze it, and then thaw it to be cooked. Therefore, it marinated about 1 1/2 days before it was frozen. I made it exactly as directly, and since I had to thaw it, and it was still frozen in spots, I cooked it a bit longer (probably about 1 more turn, or 19-15 minutes longer). Boy, was it ever exceptional! It was moist, crispy, and totally infused with the garlic and lemon flavors. We had it simply, with corn and biscuts, and I can hardly wait to take the leftovers to work for lunch tomorrow. I thought this was incredibly easy (we broiled it rather than grilled it, as I'd thought we would). Just wonderful, Mirj! DH said "spectacular" when I asked him what he thought. He's already asked for a repeat this weekend - the hallmark of a wonderful recipe to us!
I didn't think broiled chicken could taste so good. Bravo!