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This tangy and flavorful chicken is Italian home cooking at its best. Amazing Chicken Recipes

Graziella Dionisi
October 2002


Recipe Summary

25 mins
1 hr 30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350°. Set the chicken in a small roasting pan and season the cavity with salt and pepper. Cut 1 lemon half into quarters and add them to the cavity along with the thyme sprigs, 6 of the olives and the 2 halved garlic cloves. Squeeze the remaining lemon half over the chicken, rub it with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together.

  • Cover the pan with foil and roast the chicken for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and baste the chicken. Increase the oven temperature to 500° and roast the chicken in the upper third of the oven for about 15 minutes longer, or until it is golden and the juices in the cavity run clear.

  • Pour the juices from the cavity into the roasting pan, transfer the chicken to a carving board and cover loosely with foil. Pour the pan juices into a measuring cup and skim off the fat.

  • In a medium skillet, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the 3 minced garlic cloves and cook over low heat until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the parsley, capers, lemon zest, lemon juice, rosemary, marjoram, chopped thyme, reserved pan juices and the remaining 9 olives and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the yogurt. Season with salt and pepper. Carve the chicken and serve with the herb sauce.

Suggested Pairing

A medium-bodied red or full-bodied white with acidity will complement the briny and tangy flavors here. Consider an Italian Pomino Bianco, a Chardonnay blend.