Roasted Halved Chicken With Garlic-Herb Paste

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

This is a VERY easy way to make chicken, comes out moist and delicious! The fresh rosemary and zest of the lemon really give it a nice Spring taste. I use more garlic, 4 to 5 cloves. I also put a bit of the paste under the skin. The recipe calls for 2 cast iron skillets, but If you don't have a second cast iron skillet, use a regular pan and weigh it down with 2 heavy cans. I also have my butcher take out the backbone for me. (lazy me LOL) Time does not include marinading time. Adapted from Food Network, Cooking for Real, Sunny Anderson.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Garlic-Herb Paste: Combine the rosemary, lemon zest, lemon juice,garlic, olive oil, cayenne, Dijon mustard, and salt and pepper to taste, in a small bowl. Stir to incorporate.
  3. Rub chicken with Garlic-Herb Paste. Let marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.
  4. Coat a large cast iron skillet lightly with olive oil and heat over medium-high heat. Oil the bottom of a second cast iron skillet, of equal or smaller size.
  5. Put the chicken, skin side down, in first pan, and top it with the second pan, oiled-side down on top of the chicken. Sear chicken until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove top skillet, flip the chicken and transfer to the oven. Cook until chicken is cooked through, about 35 minutes.
  7. Transfer to a serving platter and serve.
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gailanng March 09, 2011

This is fabulous! I combined it with Broiled (Or Barbecued) Chicken With Lemon - starting with marinating my chicken quarters with the lemon, garlic, thyme, from that recipe then after any hour applying the garlic paste from this one and marinating another hour. I then grilled the chicken first searing then off set roasting for 80 minutes (I started with a 4 1/2 lb whole chicken which I cut up). The flavor was outstanding , you could really taste the garlic and rosemary which was perfect with the tang of the lemon. The chicken was very moist and made great leftovers. Thank Scoutie for a great dinner. Made for ZWT 6 by one of the Unrulies Under the Influence.

momaphet June 14, 2010