Greek chicken [trimmed]

Yield: 6 Servings

Measure Ingredient
\N 1 lemon -- quartered
\N 6 boiling potatoes -- wedged
\N \N Date: Thu, 24 Oct 1996 10:15:37

5 lb roasting chicken, skinless ¼ c olive oil

: salt and pepper

12 cloves garlic -- crushed

2 ts dried oregano -- plus

3 TB dried oregano

⅓ c fresh lemon juice

2 ts cracked black pepper

: and chunked

1 c water -- or

½ c lowfat chicken broth -- as : needed

¼ c flatleaf parsley -- chopped Consider placing sliced root vegetables (carrots, turnips) and onions in the bottom of the pan that will take the place of a rack and add flavors. Roasting at two oven temperatures gives chicken a crispy outside, and a moist inside. Heat oven to 400 degrees. * Rinse chicken and pat dry. Rub chicken inside and out with cut lemon quarters, 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and ground pepper. Place the lemon quarters,4 garlic gloves and 2 teaspoons oregano in the chicken cavity. Place chicken on rack in a roasting pan. * In a small saucepan, combine remaining olive oil, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons oregano, coarsely cracked pepper and 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer3 minutes. Remove from heat. * Place potatoes and the remaining 8 garlic cloves around the chicken and sprinkle them with remaining 1 tablespoon oregano. Spoon a little of the lemon-oil mixture over the chicken. Pour 1 cup water or broth evenly over potatoes and place in oven. Roast 15 minutes. Baste chicken with some of the lemon-oil mixture and reduce heat to 350 degrees. Roast, basting with lemon-oil mixture every 10-15 minutes, until juices run clear when thigh is pierced with a fork or an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thigh, not touching bone, reads 180 degrees, about 1¼ hours. * Transfer chicken to a warmed platter. If potatoes aren't golden, raise heat to 450 degrees and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, adding more water or broth if necessary to prevent sticking. Garnish with parsley. Recipe from Taverna: Best of Casual Mediterranean Cooking by Joyce Goldstein (1996). Part of a series: Casual Cuisines of the World (Sunset Books, $19.95). Reprinted Scripps New Service 24 Oc 96.

[Pat H. McRecipe, III: orig. 900 cals, 65g fat; with revisions 470 cals, 16⅒ g fat]

Recipe By : idea from Joyce Goldstein, Taverna ~0700 (

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