A simple and delicious recipe from Mark Bittman's NY Times Column. Being flattened produces an evenly cooked, crisp, and moist bird with little effort. As a bonus at the end, much of the chicken's natural juices remain at the bottom of the pan; they make a perfect sauce, especially for rice. You can also do this on the grill, at direct medium-low heat for about 15 minutes on the first (skin side) and 10 minutes for the other side. (Allow marinade to drip off before grilling),
-- Use different herbs; sage, savory and tarragon are all great. Russians use paprika.
-- Try a light dusting of cinnamon, ginger and/or other ''sweet'' spice.
-- Use minced shallots instead of garlic.
-- Vary the acidic ingredient: balsamic or Sherry vinegar, or lime can all pinch-hit for the lemon, depending upon the other flavors.
-- Make the dish Asian, using peanut oil and a mixture of minced garlic, ginger and scallions. Finish the dish with lime and cilantro, or soy sauce and sesame oil.