Sunday, March 4, 2007

Sunday Menu - Marinated Baked Chicken

Marinated Baked Chicken

Traditionally, our family eats chicken on Sundays. Today I thought I would prepare marinated baked chicken. Something we haven't had in a while. I am going to make roasted garlic potatoes because we have had rice and mashed potatoes very often this week. You can serve either one of these as a starch.

Marinated Baked Chicken
Steamed Asparagus
Roasted garlic potatoes
Green Salad

Recipe for Marinated Baked Chicken:
1 Whole chicken cut up in large pieces
Juice of 2 limes or 1 whole lemon
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh herbs (you can use: parsley, oregano, basil, chives,or green onions..or a combination of any of these)DO NOT SUBSTITUTE DRIED HERBS FOR THIS DISH. OMIT IF FRESH HERBS ARE UNAVAILABLE.
3 large garlic cloves minced finely.

Place the cut up chicken in a large bowl and add all the remaining ingredients. Marinate for at least 2 hours.

Heat oven at 350 degrees. Place the chicken skin side down on a broiler pan. Bake chicken for approximately 1/2 hour or until the chicken is browned. Turn over and bake for another 1/2 hour or until skin is nicely brown and crispy.

Recipe for Roasted Garlic Potatoes:
3 large baking potatoes or 6 small new potatoes, well washed. You can leave peel on if you prefer or peel..your preference
2 garlic cloves, minced finely
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Cut potatoes into big chunks and place in a Pyrex baking dish. Add the garlic and olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and bake along with chicken until potatoes are cooked thoroughly and browned.

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