Saturday, February 7, 2009

Joel Rubuchon's "Chicken with Lemons"

***If you love lemony chicken recipes, then you will love this dish! This one comes from Joel Rubuchon himself. It's simplicity is one of the things that makes it so scrumptious. With only a few ingredients, you'll have a deliciously flavorful dinner that tastes like perfection.
I only made a few minor changes...First, I had to use parsley instead of marjoram. Second, I changed the cooking method slightly. Instead of browning the chicken pieces first on the stove over high heat, I baked it in the oven the entire time, basting with the juices. I only did this to make it a little healthier. I also topped the chicken pieces with a few slices of lemon. It was wonderful!

Bon Appetit!!!***

Chicken with Lemons
Source: "The Complete Rubuchon" by Joel Rubuchon

3 medium onions, peeled and thinly sliced
1/3 cup olive oil
1 chicken, about 3 1/2 lbs., free-range if possible, quartered
2 organic lemons, washed and thinly sliced
1 tbsp. minced fresh sweet marjoram

Spread the onion slices in a baking dish large enough to hold the chicken and drizzle with 3 tbsp. olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Season the chicken pieces all over with salt and pepper and lay them in the baking dish. Scatter the lemon slices over the chicken and sprinkle with marjoram. Drizzle with the rest of the oil and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 410 degrees F/210 degrees C.

Remove the dish from the refrigerator. Put the chicken pieces in a Dutch oven and put the baking dish in the hot oven. Brown the chicken over rather high heat for 5 minutes, turning the pieces with a wooden spoon or with tongs. Remove the dish from the oven and lay the chicken on top of the onions and lemons. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn the chicken and baste it with cooking juices. Cook 20 minutes more. Serve in the baking dish.


Anonymous said...

I love ALLLLL things chicken and lemon (my fam actually makes fun of me about it). SO this recipe i'm bound to love, but I love how deliciously roasted and tender everything looks YUM! and starred!

Mama Chicken said...

This looks so tasty, and the lemon slices make such a nice presentation!