Monday, September 07, 2009

Magazine Monday #48 & 101 Uses for a Roast Chicken #18: Lemon Basil Chicken

At the beginning of the summer, my good friend Pierce of Life in the Slow Lane at Squirrel Head Manor fame sent me & Juno some goodies and part of the packing material was the Feb/March 2009 issue of Taste of Home. My grandmother actually used to send me a subsciption to this magazine way back in the day, and I see it's improved considerably since then. There are quite a few recipes from this issue I intend on trying out.

This Monday, however, I present you with Lemon Basil Chicken. As you all know, I do love roasting chickens, which is why this post also qualifies as part of my 101 Uses for a Roast Chicken series in addition to being my weekly Magazine Monday contribution. Since I have some jaundiced basil languishing in my garden, I thought this was the perfect time to put some of it out of its misery (and mine - basil does not like me or my garden for some weird reason).

Lemon Basil Chicken

1 lemon
2 garlic cloves, divided (OK, I used way more than this)
1/4 cup minced fresh basil, divided
1 broiler/fryer chicken
2 tbsp butter, melted
salt & pepper

1. Zest whole lemon. Cut lemon in half and juice one half. Set aside the other half.
2. Slice one garlic clove. Place sliced garlic, 2 tbsp basil, and remaining lemon half in the chicken cavity.
3. Place chicken, breast side up, in roasting pan. Rub with reserved lemon juice. Mince remaining garlic & combine with butter & reserved lemon peel. Brush mixture over chicken. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, & remaining basil.
4. Roast until done. Let stand for 15 minutes before carving.

OK. Butter on top of a chicken? Um, this doesn't work for me - even though I was willing to give it a sporting chance. All it did was drip off into the drippings. It added nothing to the taste or texture or look of the chicken. So, I won't do that again. Otherwise, this was a nice easy dish and I love lemon, basil, and garlic together. This would have been just as nice without the butter part. So, a bit of a disappointing recipe, but a good learning experience.

Joining me this week with their magazine experiments:

Tia of Buttercream Barbie made this luscious Cinnamon Chocolate Twist bread from Canadian Living.

Kylie of Thin Crust, Deep Dish made Peanut Sesame Noodles and a Cucumber Salad from a couple of Gourmet back issues.

Pierce of Life in the Slow Lane at Squirrel Head Manor made yummy chicken marsala from an issue of Family Circle.

11 comments:

Coleen's Recipes said...

Your chicken looks delicious. I just love a good roasted chicken.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Nothing better than a roast chicken! I love lemon and basil, perfect for chicken.

Pierce said...

Oh...I have to try this one too. Isn't that funny that I had that magazione and never noticed the chicken recipe. Doh!

The other contributions look good too, I'll have to give it a go.
I'm going to try and make bread today. Wish me luck!

Palidor said...

That's a great looking chicken. I like to crisp up the skin under the broiler when it's done cooking. Crispy skin is the best part!

Wandering Coyote said...

Palidor: Absolutely - the crispy skin IS the best part! And I always think when I am picking it off that being able to eat all the crispy skin myself is one of the best things about being single, too! Weird, but there you have it.

A Year on the Grill said...

1 whole chicken and only two garlic cloves, really. Thank the culinary goddess you know what you are doing.

Looks great

Wandering Coyote said...

Dave: actually, I used WAY more than the recipe called for. Sorry - forgot to include that in the post. 2 cloves is definitely NOT enough!

monicajane said...

I love doing roasted chickens too! this looks great...I've not used basil on chicken before and as you know I have a ton of it!

I may actually lather mine with some pesto and add the lemon zest...

mmmmm....

thanks for the idea!

I'll post it on Yes We Cook! when I do it!

Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ said...

Roasted chicken is the best!! It's so cozy and comforting. I like these flavors!!

Bob said...

Awesome! I do something similar sometimes, it's a great flavor mix.

Elra said...

Roased chicken is one of those meal that look pretty humble, yet pretty satifying. Yours look really awesome!

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