Nothing beats a good home roasted chicken. It's so easy, more or less makes itself. And it really tastes so much better then any chicken you buy ready cooked. This recipe is a really great one. The secret is the basil and lemon that tenderizes the chicken while it cooks. This is such a great dish, all in one pan so it make washing up real easy. The lemon tenderizes the chicken in a wonderful way.
Serves 4

1 large organic chicken
1 bunch basil
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
2 lemons, cut in half
2 pounds small potatoes
8 cloves garlic, left whole
4 tablespoons olive oil

  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Rub chicken well with olive oil.
  3. Lift up the breast skin gently and place a bunch of basil in the "pocket".
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Place in an oven proof dish with potatoes and garlic.
  6. Fill the cavity of the chicken with two lemon halts.
  7. Squeeze the remaining lemon over the chicken and drizzle with olive oil.
  8. Roast for 20 minutes, take it out and baste it and put it back in at 350F for about another 45 minutes.
  9. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before serving.


Photography by Alexandra Grablewski

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