Prep 25 mins
Cook 20 mins
Posted for ZWT 2006 (Italian region), this is a light (as in not going to feel heavy on your stomach but full flavored roast chicken dish in a heavenly white wine/lemon/rosemary sauce. Don't let the long direction list throw you; it's not difficult at all. I make NO claims in this recipe that it is light in fat or low cal; make it knowing that please.
- 1 (2 1/2-3 lb) roasting chickens, Cut Into Pieces
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- salt & pepper
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, Peeled & Sliced
- 1⁄2 cup chopped onion
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary (about 2 tbsps.) or 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1⁄2 cup white wine
- 1 lemon, juice of
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1⁄4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Mix together the flour and oregano, and season with salt and pepper.
- Rinse and dry the chicken pieces, and then dredge them lightly in the seaoned flour mixture.
- In a heavy, ovenproof skillet, large enough to hold all of the chicken pieces, heat the olive oil, and then brown the chicken well on all sides over medium heat; be careful not to burn the oil by using too hot of a heat.
- Once all of the pieces are well browned, remove them to a plate.
- Pour out the left over oil in the pan, leaving just a tablespoon or two with the browned bits at the bottom; add the onion and cook until soft, and then add the garlic.
- As soon as the garlic begins to sizzle, add the wine, and stir the browned bits at the bottom while you reduce the wine by half over medium high heat.
- Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Break up the rosemary into pieces, and add it to the sauce.
- Return the chicken pieces to the skillet, and spoon the sauce over top; bake the chicken until done, about 20 minutes.
- Remove the chicken to a warmed platter, and bring the remaining sauce to a boil; add the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Mix the tablespoon of flour with 1 tablespoon of softened butter; add the remaining butter to the sauce in the skillet, and mix well.
- Remove the rosemary pieces from the sauce; if the sauce is thin, stir in a little of the flour and butter mixture, whisking continuously to prevent lumps; once the sauce has thickened, add the chopped parsley, and pour the sauce over the chicken on the platter. Serve immediately.
This review is for the sauce only. I had 1/2 of a frozen rotisserie chicken that needed to be used. This was JUST the sauce to spruce it up! Even tho the chicken was cooked, I cut into pieces and stuck it in the pan with 2 T. olive oil for about 5 minutes. Proceeded to make the sauce, then added the chicken back in, only to warm it up, about 10 minutes. I did end up stirring a bit of flour, butter and chicken broth (shaked in a jar) to thicken it up at the end. Moist and juicy, this was a big hit! Can't wait to try it with an uncooked chicken. Thanks for posting, Jane.
This was fabulous! It christened my kitchen in my new apt, and provided a first dish for BF and his visiting mom! Very light and flavorful, easy to make, and the chicken stayed very moist. I also used boneless, skinless breasts, and it was very tasty! Definitely a keeper! Thanks for posting!
Delicious! This was WONDERFUL! I would definitely serve this at a dinner party! We used chicken thighs, but I think I would use boneless, skinless breasts next time to keep it a bit lighter in calories and fat. Thank you SO much!