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Dad's Roast Chicken My Way with Parsley-Lemon Oil

Updated April 07, 2016
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Editor's Note: Learning how to roast a chicken doesn't have to be rocket science. Dad’s Roast Chicken My Way with Parsley-Lemon Oil is an easy roast chicken recipe that infuses your bird with delicious herbs and a lemony zest. An herbal oil drizzle is the finishing touch  that perfectly sets off the flavor of the roasted chicken. This is one of those easy chicken recipes that's great to bust out for a weeknight dinner - it takes less than an hour to cook and is sure to impress.
My dad’s roast chicken is really simple. He stuffs a whole chicken with fresh herbs and seasons it with salt and pepper, then pops it in the oven. My version, which uses chicken that’s already cut into serving pieces instead of a whole chicken, is less work and cooks a lot faster and more evenly. I’ve also spruced up the flavor with some grated lemon rind and finished it off with a fresh, colorful, and tangy oil for drizzling over the finished chicken. Dad, your chicken is good, but I may have one up on you with this one!

Makes4 Servings

Cooking MethodRoasting

CostModerate

Easy

Total Timeunder 1 hour

OccasionCasual Dinner Party

Recipe CourseMain Course

MealDinner, Lunch

Taste and TextureHerby, Savory, Tart

Ingredients

  • One 3 1/2-pound chicken, precut into serving pieces
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 4-5 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4-5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Grated rind of 1/2 lemon
  • ½ bunch flat Italian parsley
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 3 pinches of salt
  • 10 grinds of pepper

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Take a look at the chicken and trim off any excess skin or fat. Cut off and discard the wing tips if you like.

Place the chicken pieces on a 13 × 11-inch pan or any pan they will fit in without crowding.

Season the chicken pieces generously with salt, pepper, olive oil, fresh herbs, and the lemon rind.

Toss through all the seasonings and then arrange the chicken pieces skin side up in the pan. (You can do this up to a day before you cook them. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Remove from the refrigerator about ½ hour before cooking to allow meat to come to room temperature.)

Roast until the skin is nicely browned, there is no pink near the bone, and the juices run clear, about 35 to 40 minutes. Check both the white meat and dark meat. If the white meat is done before the dark meat, take it out and set it on a serving plate until the dark meat is done. Serve hot.

To make the parsley-lemon oil: Wash and dry the parsley. Remove the leaves from the stems and finely chop the leaves. Combine with the remaining ingredients and use immediately to garnish the roast chicken.

Dave's Take

You’ll get more juice out of your lemons if you heat them in the microwave for 10 seconds and then roll them under your palm on a hard surface, like the countertop.

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