Chicken with a twist

Fresh le­mon and herbs give this dish a dis­tinc­tive flavour

Central and North Burnett Times - - TASTE - PURE FOOD with Do­minique Rizzo More at do­mini­quer­izzo.com

CHICKEN legs are some­thing I as­so­ciate with Asian mari­nades or be­ing crumbed and fried. This recipe is a lit­tle different, us­ing fresh le­mon and herbs. It is de­li­ciously flavour­some, easy to put to­gether and makes an ideal dish to en­joy for din­ner or a cold lunch the next day.

I trimmed the chicken legs off at the knuckle and took off the skin and the meat around the bone for a cleaner look. It also makes it eas­ier to pick them up and eat.

You can buy them like this or get them from your butcher.

Greek-style baked le­mon chicken with herb roasted veg­eta­bles Serves 4

IN­GRE­DI­ENTS: 1.2kg chicken legs or 12 chicken legs ◗ 1 tbs fresh rose­mary, chopped ◗ 1 tbs fresh oregano ◗ 2 cloves gar­lic ◗ 1 tbs pars­ley ◗ Salt and pep­per ◗ 2 tbs le­mon juice ◗ 1 tbs olive oil ◗ 1 le­mon cut into eight wedges

For the herb roast veg­eta­bles – ◗ 1 large red cap­sicum, seeded and cut into 4cm pieces ◗ 400g pump­kin, peeled and seeded and cut into 5cm chunks ◗ 2 brown onions, peeled and cut into 8 wedges ◗ 4 Roma toma­toes, cut into wedges ◗ 2 cloves gar­lic, minced ◗ 1 tbs olive oil ◗ Salt and pep­per ◗ 1 tbs fresh picked thyme

METHOD: Pre­heat the oven to 200 de­grees.

Us­ing a sharp knife make a cou­ple of in­ci­sions in the chicken legs and sit them in a bak­ing dish.

Blend or chop to­gether all the herbs and the gar­lic and mix this with the le­mon juice, olive oil and salt and pep­per. Pour this over the chicken and rub it into the in­ci­sions. Take a wedge of the le­mon and push it into one of the in­ci­sions in the chicken and sit them back in the bak­ing dish. Bake the legs for 40 min­utes.

Pre­pare the veg­eta­bles on a bak­ing tray and driz­zle with the olive oil com­bined with the minced gar­lic. Sea­son with salt and pep­per and roast for 30 min­utes. Gar­nish the veg­eta­bles with the fresh thyme when they come out of the oven.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

◗ Greek-style baked le­mon chicken with herb roasted veg­eta­bles.

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