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.
- 4 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
- fresh lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 -2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 1 chicken, 3 to 4 pounds, skin-on, backbone removed and halved
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- 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.
- Rub chicken with Garlic-Herb Paste. Let marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.
- 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.
- 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.
- Remove top skillet, flip the chicken and transfer to the oven. Cook until chicken is cooked through, about 35 minutes.
- Transfer to a serving platter and serve.
In honor of this amazing recipe recommended in Best of 2010, I'm spending the rest of my day in reverent silence.
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.