With a lemon rosemary chicken recipe like this, something special’s going on in your house!
Whether it’s a special occasion like Christmas or not, your family and friends will know it too.
How do I know this?
It’s because of the aroma that will fill your house when you make this recipe! That is the magic of rosemary.
This one simple spice used in just the right amount, gives you not just a great aroma, but a wonderful taste, and better digestion too.
All the “ingredients” that will make your next occasion a very special one!!
Mmmm....I can already smell it!!
2 cloves garlic very finely sliced
Sprigs of rosemary
2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
Wash and dry your chicken well.
First cut the backbone out of the chicken. Then press it flat down on the cutting board.
Cut a hole in the skin on either side of the breast bone, bend the "knee" and slip the leg bone into the hole. You now have a nice ready-made ‘presentation’ setting once the chicken is finished and on your dinner table..
Carefully place the chicken in a baking dish.
Lift up the breast skin from the chicken and slide in the very thin slices of garlic. Then add the most important ingredient: a few sprigs of rosemary needles. Need I say that fresh rosemary is the absolute best here, Chef?
Coat all the chicken on every side with the olive oil. Sprinkle with just a tiny bit of salt and pepper. it will give the special flavour too.
Cut the lemon in half. Squeeze the lemon over the chicken, delicately drizzling the entire chicken with the juice.
Like I said before, when this gets baking your house will smell fantastic! Of course, best of all, the chicken will taste great!
Place the chicken in the dish with the skin side down and bake for about 20-30 minutes. After that time, turn the chicken over, raise the oven temperature to about 200°C/400°F to brown the skin and continue baking until done.
Baste frequently with the juices about another 20 to 30 minutes. But before you finish....
...read my serving suggestions to include a side dish idea to cook with this recipe!
For the last 20-30 minutes of cooking, add some partially cooked potatoes, sliced into quarters. Baste them too along with the chicken, for a delicious side dish!
Additionally, you might serve steamed carrots and broccoli. With this, your lemon rosemary chicken recipe will definitely bring some colour to your table.
What can I say now? My Chef is in heaven!
Your family and friends will be too when they your fabulous meal!