Monday, November 25, 2013

Copycat Rao's Famous Broiled Lemon Chicken

The most requested dish at Rao's  in New York City.
Chicken broiled with a tangy lemon, olive oil and garlic sauce.

This dish seems to go out to almost every table.
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 2 1/2-lb. chickens with legs, thighs,
   and wings separated and breasts quartered
   on the bone
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Place oven rack in the upper third of the oven, and preheat broiler for at least 15 minutes.

Whisk together lemon juice, oil, vinegar, garlic and oregano in a 2 cup measuring cup.  Season the salt and pepper.

Place chicken skin side down, on a baking sheet and broil for 15 minutes.  Turn chicken skin side up and broil until skin is crisp and golden, about 15 minutes more.

Remove chicken from broiler.  When cool enough to handle, cut into serving pieces.  Pour over lemon mixture.  The chicken was not quite cooked through at this point.

Broil additional 5-7 minutes on each side until chicken is browned and cooked through.
Stir in parsley.
Serve with plenty of crusty Italian bread.

~Recipe from Rao's Cookbook

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