Famous Lemon And Basil Chicken
|4||each||chicken, breast, halves, with skin and bones, fat trimmed|
|1||each||chicken, whole, 2 lbs, cut up|
|1||pepper, freshly ground, to taste|
|4||each||basil, fresh, leaves|
|4||each||garlic, cloves, bruised with the side of a knife|
|4||each||lemon, slices, thin|
|1||tablespoon||oil, olive, extra virgin|
|Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the chicken in a baking dish. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper and arrange skin side up. Loosen the skin from each chicken breast and slip a basil leaf between the skin and the meat. Add the garlic to the baking dish. Place a slice of lemon on top of each piece of chicken. Drizzle with oil. |
Bake, basting occasionally with pan juices and turning the chicken and the baking dish occasionally so the chicken browns evenly, 35 to 40 minutes. If using a whole chicken, the baking time will be about 50 minutes.
To serve, place a browned lemon slice and garlic clove on top of each portion of chicken.