Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Lemon Chicken

This morning I had on the Today Show, as I often do while I'm working on some mindless task like editing photos, or listing jewelry on my Etsy site.  Mario Batali was on talking about pork, but since I wasn't paying attention, I thought it was chicken.  The recipe that he was preparing sounded interesting and I spent about 30 minutes searching the Web for it before I realized that I was looking for the wrong thing!  What I really wanted was Lemon Chicken, and most of the recipes that I found just called for a combination of lemons, herbs and chicken.  What I had in mind, had a little more depth of flavor. 

When I was a child in California, lemons were plentiful and grew in our yard with a little help from my Dad who loved to garden. I used to walk outside in the yard and pick them whenever I wanted.  Of course, I didn't cook back then, so I took their availability for granted!
I ended up adding my own ingredients to a basic recipe, and this is what I came up with:
Cut up a whole chicken and leave the skin on. Make up the following ingredients, add to chicken and marinate in a large Baggie for an hour:  The juice of three Lemons. 3 pressed cloves of Garlic, and 1/4 c. Capers.

Add 1/2 c. cooking Sherry, salt and pepper, 1 tsp. Dill, and 1 tsp. Rosemary.  Place in a roasting pan, adding 4 pats of butter to the chicken. Bake for 30 minutes, and then baste with the pan juices and sprinkle with sweet Paprika.  Bake for another 20 minutes, and then let sit for 10 minutes, add Italian Parsley and serve.
Great with fresh Pesto Pasta, and steamed Asparagus, and a glass of Chardonnay.


  1. Hello! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog and becoming a follower. I was happy to discover your blog too. The recipe for lemon chicken looks wonderful, I will no doubt be trying it soon! I also much prefer chicken to pork. The photos are fabulous!

  2. ohh, you just made me hungry! :) thanks for your comments on my blog :)

  3. Oh, man. Now I'm really hungry! YUM!!

    Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

    Funny that you're on the oregon coast. I'm getting ready to plan a trip out to Rockaway Beach and Cannon Beach this summer. Can't wait!!

  4. I was filling in my post at SITS and at the time you were the last post I could see so I thought I was going to be visiting you for Saturday Sharefest but by the time I posted a few more had also so I was sent to another blog.
    BUT I did not forget your little post there about making jewelry and lemon chicken, although it said "Checken" in the post HAHAHA.
    Maybe you meant to say "checken" cause thats how I talk to my doggies sometimes.
    So I went back after visiting the other blogger and followed your link.
    Glad I did cause I like your recipe, and now I am going to look around and I am going to sign up to follow because I too love to cook, make jewelry, list in Etsy, and garden.


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