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RECIPE: Lemony Roast Chicken

The New Comfort Food Lemony Chicken is healthy stress-free way feed visiting crowd during holidays.

The New Comfort Food, Lemony Chicken is a healthy, stress-free way to feed a visiting crowd during the holidays.

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Updated: January 22, 2012 8:01AM

When chef Evan Kleiman began serving this rustic Italian-style roast chicken at Los Angeles’ Angeli Cafe back in 1984, it turned out to be everything her customers were craving — honest food prepared with minimal fuss. Serve with rice or buttered noodles.


1 (3½-pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

½ cup fresh rosemary leaves

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

10 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 lemon, peel removed, pith and pulp chopped

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Toss chicken pieces with olive oil, rosemary, lemon juice, garlic, lemon and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl. Marinate for about 1 hour.

Heat oven to 475 degrees. Arrange chicken in (9-by-13-inch) baking dish and add remaining marinade. Roast, turning once, until cooked through, 30 to 40 minutes.

Divide chicken between 4 plates and serve.

From Saveur: The New Comfort Food (Chronicle, $35)

Nutrition facts per serving:

1,118 calories, 87 g fat, 21 g saturated fat, 298 mg cholesterol, 8 g carbohydrates, 1 g sugars, 75 g protein, 402 mg sodium, 2 g fiber

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