Bistro Roast Chicken
Serve the roasted heads of garlic on the side of this Bistro Roast Chicken dish. Squeeze out the pulp and use it as a spread on baguette slices or as a condiment for the chicken.
2 chicken leg quarters (about 1 1/2 pounds) $
1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried basil $
1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
2 teaspoons olive oil $
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 whole garlic heads
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Rinse chicken with cold water; pat dry. Trim excess fat. Loosen skin from thigh and leg by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Combine basil and next 5 ingredients (basil through pepper). Rub herb mixture under loosened skin. Place chicken on a broiler pan. Insert meat thermometer into meaty part of thigh, making sure not to touch bone.
- Remove white papery skin from garlic heads (do not peel or separate the cloves). Wrap each head separately in foil; place on broiler pan with chicken. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 450° (do not remove chicken from oven). Bake 30 minutes or until thermometer registers 180°. Cover chicken loosely with foil; let stand 10 minutes. Discard skin.
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