Oh this was so good and I definitely will make it again and certainly company worthy…the link to Ina’s original recipe is below. Th marinade makes a delicious sauce with a few additions, but be sure to brig the marinade to a good boil and simmer for about 10 or so minutes adding some white wine, 2 teaspoon BTB roasted chicken stock, and about a cup of water cook down for a bit of a thicker consistency, and serve with the carved chicken…your can strain the sauce for a smooth sauce or leave all of the bits of ingredients, garlic etc. for a sauce with more texture.
The Tuscan chicken was so juicy and tender and perfect for a holiday weekend summer dinner and in the morning I got the marinade and food sealer marinating container ready for at least a 4 hour marinating time and a finishing time on the rotisserie for at least 1-1 1/2 hours. Serves 4-5 people…
The food sealer marinating canister speeds up the marinating process. Make extra marinade for more sauce.
Ina’s Tuscan Chicken slightly adapted as I added a bit of Italian seasoning and some fresh oregano…
1 (3 1/2-pound) chicken, flattened
1/3 cup good olive oil
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon, halved
- Sprinkle the chicken with 1 teaspoon salt on each side. Combine the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, rosemary, and 2 teaspoons pepper in a small measuring cup. Place the chicken in a ceramic or glass dish just large enough to hold it flat. Pour the lemon marinade over the chicken, turning it in the dish. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Turn the chicken 2 or 3 times while marinating.
- When ready to grill, prepare a hot charcoal fire on 1 side of a grill (or turn a gas grill on low heat). Spread 1/4 of the coals across the other side of the grill. Place the chicken on the cooler side, skin side up, and weigh it down with the dish you used for marinating. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, until the underside is golden brown. Turn the chicken skin side down, weight again with the dish, and cook for another 12 to 15 minutes, until the skin is golden brown and the chicken is cooked through. Place the lemon halves on the cool side of the grill, cut side down for the last 10 minutes of cooking. Remove the chicken to a plate or cutting board, cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Cut in quarters, sprinkle with salt, and serve with the grilled lemon halves.
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