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Monday, June 13, 2011

Lemóni Kotópoulo me Patátes

Lemon Chicken with Potatoes

Here is my version of Greek Roasted Lemon Chicken or as my husband likes to call it, Sunday Chicken Dinner. I made this a lot when my kids were younger because I knew even my pickiest eater would devour the chicken. The aroma of the lemon, garlic and herbs would permeate the house and inevitably my family would begin asking when dinner would be ready. The best part is that it's so easy to make!
wholesome ingredients
1 whole chicken ( 4 to 6 pounds)
4 or 5 red potatoes
3 carrots
1 large sweet onion
1 head of garlic (what can I say, I LOVE garlic!)
4 lemons
fresh and/or dry oregano
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Clean chicken, take out gizzard, remove excess fat and pat dry. You then stick the whole chicken in your roasting pan and rub generously with olive oil. Then salt and pepper.
Chop your onions, carrots and slice potatoes into wedges and put around the chicken. It should look similar to this. Salt and Pepper it all. I have fresh oregano at home so I add some springs and also sprinkle with dried.
Peel the Garlic and mince about 2/3 of it over the chicken mix, slice the rest and toss it around.
Squeeze the lemons over the chicken and vegetables, drizzle a little more olive oil and it's ready for the oven.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for around 2 hours or until it looks nicely browned.
Into the oven it goes
When dinner is done sometimes I like to take the leftover chicken carcass and make a wonderful chicken stock with it. I use it to make a very delicious avgolemono soup. I pull off the excess chicken and save it.
Put the chicken carcass in a large pot and cover with water.
Add a chopped onion and turn on the heat to high. Let come to a boil and turn down low and let simmer until all the meat falls off the bone. Let cool and pour through a sieve covered with cheesecloth.
Cover well and put into the refrigerator until you need it. This chicken stock also freezes well.
The recipe for avgolemono will follow soon!

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