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Amazing Chicken Recipes
1/4 cup olive oil
15 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon chopped rosemary leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
One 4-pound chicken
3 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 pounds red potatoes, halved or quartered if large
2 tablespoons snipped chives, for garnish
How to Make It
Preheat the oven to 375°. In a large mortar or mini-processor, combine the olive oil, garlic and rosemary with 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper; pound or process to a paste. Rub the garlic paste under and over the skin of the chicken in the cavity. Set the chicken on a rack in a large flameproof roasting pan and roast for 45 minutes.
Remove the rack with the chicken and discard the fat from the pan. Add the chicken stock and lemon juice to the pan and bring to a boil over moderately high heat, scraping up any browned bits. Set the rack with the chicken in the pan. Place the potatoes around the chicken and roast for 30 to 40 minutes, basting often, until the juices run clear when a thigh is pierced.
Transfer the chicken to a carving board and cover it loosely with foil. Set the pan over high heat and cook, stirring often, 12 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the chicken on a large, warmed platter, surround with the potatoes and sprinkle with the chives. Pass the pan juices separately.
The lemon juice makes this dish challenging to match. Try a medium-bodied and fruity red, like Georges Duboeuf Morgon, instead of a white because of the assertive garlic and rosemary.
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