Recipe of the day * 1st Dec 2013 *
Herb and Citrus Oven Roasted Chicken
10-12 pieces of bone in chicken parts (thighs and legs work well)
2 whole lemons, one juiced and one sliced
2 whole oranges, one juiced and one sliced
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon dried rosemary, or fresh chopped
1 teaspoon thyme, or fresh chopped
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 medium onion, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper
Chopped fresh parsley or cilantro as a garnish
In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, sugar, chopped garlic, lemon juice, orange juice, and a good sprinkle of salt and pepper. Place chicken in a rimmed 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Pour olive oil mixture all over chicken turning pieces in pan to coat all sides.
Place parts skin side up and spread them out evenly in the pan. Sprinkle evenly over chicken the Italian seasoning along with the rosemary, thyme, onion powder and paprika. Arrange slices of orange, lemon and onion around and under the chicken.
Sprinkle everything very well with salt and pepper. Don't be afraid to season well. You don't want the chicken to be bland. Let chicken sit for about 20 minutes before baking so that it won't be ice cold when you put it in the oven.
Bake, uncovered, at 400°F for about 1 hour or until chicken is cooked and juices run clear.
For best results chicken can be marinated in a plastic container or bag for several hours or over night in the olive oil mixture.
Extra fresh sprigs of rosemary and thyme can be added to the baking dish for extra flavor and garnish.
Other herbs like basil and sage also work well and can be added.
Limes can replace the lemons for a different flavor.
Red pepper flakes can be added for extra spice.
Honey can be used in place of the sugar
A tablespoon of Soy Sauce works well in the olive oil mixture too.
*If using boneless, skinless breasts, preheat the oven to 400°F.
Bake the chicken, uncovered, for 35 to 40 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink inside.*
yummy..... and healthy offcourse.
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