Lemon Pepper Chicken

Aired April 30, 2009

Serves 4 servings
1/4 cup (plus 2 tablespoons, if roasting) EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 lemons, divided
3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely grated or pasted
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 3- to 4-pound chicken, skin removed and cut into 8 pieces

Preheat oven to 450F or a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the EVOO, zest and juice of 1 lemon, garlic and black pepper. Season the chicken well with salt and toss into the bowl. Marinate the chicken for 15 minutes.

If roasting, place a large, cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Sear the chicken, meat side-down until golden brown, about 5 minutes, then turn over and transfer the pan to the oven. Roast until cooked through, about 15 minutes.

If grilling, grill chicken until marked and cooked through, 8-10 minutes per side.

Squeeze the juice of the remaining lemon over the cooked chicken and serve with Cheesy Spinach Rice Pilaf alongside.

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