Rosemary Lemon Roast Chicken

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There’s this thing I can’t keep up on. It’s called life.

Try as I might to keep the laundry folded, the kitchen floors shined, the dishes done, the children fed, the creases of the seats in the car crumble-free, it seems I’m destined to be neverendingly behind. Please tell me I’m not alone.

Tell me you’ve got a pile of clean laundry sitting by the fireplace, with your chihuahua nuzzled somewhere inside. Tell me you forgot to clip your kids fingernails for a month and someone at school mistook them for a lizard. Tell me your dishwasher is full of dirty dishes and so is your sink. In exchange for your willingness to massage my cluttered ego, I offer you a recipe so simple, so succulent, so ridiculously perfect for those hectic weekday evenings that you might even have time to catch up on all those things you haven’t been able to get around to.

Like blowing off that pile of laundry and playing UNO with those cute kids of yours.

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Rosemary Lemon Roast Chicken

From time to time, you can get a steal of a deal on chicken thighs and legs. While they are more fatty that chicken breasts, they cook up moist & full of flavor, and I think they are absolutely divine in this simple recipe. I love garlic, so you'll see a bundle of it in the recipe below. If you're not a garlic lover (or have plans to kiss the ones you love within 18 hours of eating dinner), you might want to tone it down by half.

Ingredients:

2-3 pounds chicken thighs & legs, skinned
1/4 cup olive oil
3 lemons
8-10 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
salt & pepper

Directions:

Place chicken in a deep baking dish. In a large bowl, pour olive oil. Add zest and juice of lemons (alternately, you can slice the lemons into very thin slices). Add garlic. Chop rosemary and add to marinade. Pour over chicken. Sprinkle chicken with sea salt & pepper. Bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes, or until cooked through. Serve over quinoa or brown rice with baked sweet potatoes on the side for an absolutely simple, splendid meal.

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8 Responses to “Rosemary Lemon Roast Chicken”

  1. 1

    ♥peachkins♥ on December 15, 2010 at 2:34 am Reply

    I love rosemary chicken!

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    Cherine on December 15, 2010 at 3:24 am Reply

    Must be really flavorful!

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    Blog is the New Black on December 15, 2010 at 6:34 am Reply

    This looks wonderful- I've made something similar by Ina and it was a HIT!

  4. 4

    DeeDee on December 15, 2010 at 8:31 am Reply

    YUMMO! Thank you for sharing! I love your blog! :)

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    Emily @ For Sweets Sake on December 15, 2010 at 9:12 am Reply

    I love rosemary! It's once of my all time favorite herbs :)

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    Kendra on December 15, 2010 at 10:18 am Reply

    My Go-To easy weeknight dinner is frozen pizza! :)

    I know what we are having for dinner tonight though – I have all of the ingredients for this yummy chicken recipe in the house.

    Thanks Brooke!

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    Jennifer (Savor) on December 15, 2010 at 2:36 pm Reply

    Dear friend, i will not soothe your ego until you provide all details of your lighting the past few posts.
    Love, jen

    p.s. if you can not find me, i am under the piles of laundry or crushed by the dishes stacked precariously on the counter

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    mangiabella on December 17, 2010 at 2:06 am Reply

    you. are. not. alone. sigh. and here i thought i was the only one…..

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