Sunday, December 2, 2012

Italian Roasted Chicken for Christmas


  • 2 Cornish Game Hens, or whole chicken breasts
  • 3 or 4 sprigs of rosemary
  • 2 heads of garlic, peeled and cracked
  • Salt, pepper
  • Juice from one or two lemons
  • Lemon zest (optional)
  • Hot red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Kalamata olives (optional)
  • Chicken broth


If using roasting chickens or game hens, split the birds down the back and remove the back bone.

Place the chicken halves or pieces in the roasting pan.  Toss in the garlic cloves and the sprigs of rosemary.  Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. squeeze the lemons over the chicken and drizzle with the olive oil.

You can prepare the chicken up to this point and let rest in the fridge for an hour or two.

Roast in a 450°F 

Check after about 20 minutes and add some chicken broth to the pan. This will stop the garlic from getting burnt. (If you are using the olives add them now) Add more if needed.   When chicken is done, remove from pan and add a little more chicken broth, stir and serve sauce over the chicken.

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