Lemons seem to be a magical ingredient in cooking chicken.
The aroma that fills the air while cooking is intoxicating!
This is a quick and easy meal to put together . . . your guests will think you slaved away in the kitchen for hours! The oven does all the work.
One of the success secrets of this meal is the use of various herbs and spices mixed in with the lemons and vegetables. The presentation is awesome!
The recipe and photo source is The Comfort of Cooking, where you will find many more fresh and frugal comfort food recipes. Link to the website follows the recipe.
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 4 lbs. (10-12) skin-on, bone-in chicken parts (thighs, legs, wings)
- 1 lb. baby potatoes
- 1/2 onion (yellow or red), thinly sliced
- 2 lemons, 1 sliced and 1 juiced
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- 10 oz. cherry tomatoes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Spray a rimmed 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish with cooking spray. Into the baking dish arrange chicken parts (skin side up), potatoes, sliced onion and lemon slices evenly in pan.
In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper flakes, paprika, salt and pepper. Pour mixture all over chicken and potatoes. Sprinkle all over generously with additional Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
Bake uncovered for about 1 hour, or until chicken and potatoes are fully cooked. During last 20 minutes of cooking, add cherry tomatoes and continue cooking for the 20 remaining minutes.