Roasted Chicken Breasts w/ Garlic, Rosemary, Lemon
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- whole bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (about 1-1/2 lbs each), patted dry with paper towels and trimmed of excess fat
- 2 Tbsp
- butter, room temperature
- 2 medium
- garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tsp
- minced fresh rosemary
- 1 tsp
- grated lemon peel
- 1 Tbsp
- vegetable oil
1First, the chicken: this recipe relies entirely on the breast bone still attaching both breasts together and the skin needs to be still attached. Either cut a whole chicken yourself (and don't destroy the skin!), or have a butcher do it, but WATCH THEM -- don't accept a split breast or tattered skin! Also, it's confusing, but you need TWO -- that is, two chest pieces (two separate birds).
2Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 450*F. Line bottom of broiler pan with foil; place broiler pan rack on the top and set aside.
3In a small bowl, mix butter, 1/2 tsp salt, garlic, rosemary, and lemon peel until combined.
4Sprinkle underside of chicken with salt and pepper.
5Carefully lift the skin from the meat, coming in from one edge. Try to keep the edges attached, as much as possible -- a 2" hole should allow you plenty of room to work. Carefully maneuver half of the butter mix under the skin and smooth over the meat. Repeat for the other chickie. Smooth the vegetable oil over top of the skin of both and sprinkle liberally with pepper.
6Set both on broiler pan. Roast until thickest part of breast registers 160*F, 35 - 40 minutes.