Baked Herbed Chicken with Lemon
(“Pollo al Limone”-“Gadduzzu all’Aspru”)
My niece Marzia Greco-Fiorilla who lives in Vittoria in the province of Ragusa sent the following
She prepares “Pollo al Limone” because “viene molto buono”, it is mouth-watering and when she cooks it for Gianni,
her husband and her daughter Sofia “si leccano i baffi”, they lick their lips….
It is also very handy because it can be marinated in advance and baked at your convenience.
1÷3 lb. chicken
cut in small pieces, skin on.
big onion finely diced
whole garlic cloves, light crushed
10 sliced black
tablespoons of olive oil
cup chopped parsley
sprig of mint chopped
sprig of fresh rosemary
pinch of red
potatoes cut into 1 inch cubes
sprigs of fresh
parsley and mint for garnish
Place the pieces of chicken in a pot with a saline solution (1 cup salt to 1 ½ gallons of cold water) for about 1
Grate the zest of the lemons and set aside; squeeze the lemons and set the juice on the side.
In a plastic or stainless bowl that will fit in your refrigerator, combine the crushed garlic cloves, capers,
sliced olives, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, chopped parsley, chopped mint, rosemary, oregano, any other herb(s), red crushed
pepper, lemon juice and zest.
Peel the potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes and place in cold water until ready to cook.
Dice the onion, place in a plastic bag and store in the refrigerator.
Wash chicken, pat dry, add to marinade and mix it up; cover and place in the refrigerator for a few hours.
Drain the potatoes and place in a large roasting pan with the onions and 3 tablespoons of olive oil; sprinkle with
salt and pepper to taste and combine thoroughly. Cover the potatoes and onions with chicken pieces skin side up and
pour the marinade over it.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
Cover with foil: bake at 375 degrees for one hour and uncovered for an additional 15 to 30 minutes or until chicken
Allow 5 minutes to cool, place in a serving dish and garnish with parsley and mint.
Serve with fresh Italian bread along with a young and dry white wine.