Monday, August 20, 2012

Lemon Olive Roasted Chicken

Mmmmm... I have been in the mood for chicken lately.  It seems like I've been making chicken, chicken, and more chicken!  Roasted chicken is a standby meal in my house.  Usually I do chicken thighs, but chicken leg quarters were so inexpensive at the store that I couldn't resist.  For this easy dish, I rubbed the chicken with a lemon-butter-herb mixture and then roasted it with sliced lemons and fresh green olives.  The result is fresh tangy chicken that pairs perfectly with a salad or some mashed sweet potatoes (or both).  This chicken also makes great leftovers.  Feeling really ambitious?  Save all the bones and make a bone broth by simmering them in filtered water with a bit of acid (lemon or vinegar) for hours.  Then enjoy all of the delicious minerals and calcium from the bones. Heavenly. 

A big pan of deliciousness
2 packages chicken leg quarters (thighs would also be delicious), bone in skin on
1tbs butter or olive oil
3tbs butter, melted
2tsp minced garlic
2tsp dried thyme (or 2tbs fresh)
1tsp poultry seasoning
salt and pepper
2 lemons, sliced into wedges
1 can ripe green olives

1. Preheat oven to 375F. In a small bowl, mix melted butter, garlic, thyme, poultry seasoning, and salt.  Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into the bowl and mix well (save the rinds).  Using your fingers or a brush, get the butter lemon mixture both under and over the skin of the chicken.  Season the outside generously with salt and pepper.
2. In a large skillet, heat 1tbs butter or oil.  Working in batches if needed, place the chicken skin side down and cook on medium high until deep brown.  Flip and cook on the other side until browned.  Place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Throw in your rinds.
3. Drain your olives and pour them all over and under your chicken.  Throw in your rinds.  From the second lemon, squeeze a bit of juice all over the tops of the chicken and throw those rinds in there as well.
4. Roast in the oven until the chicken thighs reach 170-175F, about 30 minutes.  Remove and serve with your favorite sides.

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