Lemon Rosemary Chicken
Lemon Rosemary Chicken

Lemon Rosemary Chicken isn’t a traditional Italian Dish, but baking the fowl with these typical Mediterranean flavorings makes it very Italian in spirit…


The Ingredients

Ingredients for Lemon Rosemary Chicken
Ingredients for Lemon Rosemary Chicken
  • 3 lbs. Chicken pieces
  • 2-3 tbsp. Olive oil.
  • Juice of one half Lemon
  • 1 tbsp. of salt
  • Lemon zest strips
  • 1 tsp. Black Peppercorns
  • 1 Scallion (green part only)
  • 1 sprig Rosemary
  • 2 large Garlic cloves

NOTES: You will need about one or two teaspoons of lemon zest once it is minced and you can cut it from the half lemon. Just make sure you remove only the outer yellow skin and not any of the bitter white pith underneath.

The Method

Chicken Pieces Slashed and Rubbed with Salt and Lemon
Chicken Pieces Slashed and Rubbed with Salt and Lemon

First cut slashes all over the chicken pieces. This is a step that my readers will often see me do with chicken as it allows more of the fat to drain away and allows any marinade or seasonings to penetrate the meat. Next, rub the pieces with the salt, then the lemon juice, and set the chicken aside.

The Spice and Herb Rub Mixture
The Spice and Herb Rub Mixture

Crush the peppercorns to a powder in a mortar and then finely mince the garlic, lemon zest, scallion and the rosemary needles. Put everything into a bowl with the olive and leave everything to rest for at least thirty minutes or so to allow the flavors to meld and permeate the oil.

Marinating the Chicken Pieces
Marinating the Chicken Pieces

Next, coat the pieces of chicken with the oil and seasoning mixture, rubbing it into the slashes and getting as much as possible under the skin. Set aside to marinate for several hours or overnight in the fridge.

The Chicken Ready for the Oven
The Chicken Ready for the Oven

When you are ready to cook, pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees and put the chicken pieces on a wire rack over a baking sheet. Pop them into the oven and cook, turning once or twice, for about an hour. When the chicken is nice and golden and the meat cooked through, remove the pieces from the oven and let them rest for 5 minutes or so before serving.

A Serving of Lemon Rosemary Chicken with Fiddleheads
A Serving of Lemon Rosemary Chicken with Fiddleheads

Here is a sample serving of the Lemon Rosemary Chicken along with a side dish of Fiddlehead Greens with Oyster Mushrooms and Pancetta. It was Delicious 🙂


Comments, questions or suggestions most welcome!