Ina Garten’s Lemon Chicken Is the Perfect Weeknight Dinner
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Ina Garten says never to invite people over to eat a dish you’ve never prepared before. It’s good advice. If a soufflé is going to fall, or a chicken is going to dry out, or a recipe is going to go wrong in one of the myriad ways a recipe can go wrong, it’s always going to be the moment you have a room full of hungry guests.
But I can’t seem to resist breaking that rule over and over again with Ina’s own recipes. They’re just so reliably foolproof that you could tell me the Queen of England was coming to dinner, and I’d still feel comfortable making one of Ina’s recipes for the first time. It’s Ina Garten, what could go wrong? I’d think. (I imagine that happens to Meghan Markle all the time.)
Ina’s lemon chicken is one of those perfect recipes that shows just how delicious relatively simple food can be when it’s made with care and good-quality ingredients. The sauce starts with olive oil with freshly minced garlic, white wine, dried oregano, fresh thyme, lemon juice, and lemon zest, and it’s just poured over chicken thighs, chicken breasts, or even two half chickens. Slide some lemon slices under the skin, and roast the chicken until the meat is cooked through and the skin is crisp. It’s bright and flavorful, and the meat is perfectly tender and juicy.
This chicken would be great to serve with a side of greens like spinach, green beans, or lemony arugula. It’d be especially tempting to serve the chicken over rice, so the rice could soak up any of the extra sauce. Or you could serve it with a basket of some good bread to dip in the sauce, because you’re not going to want to let any of it go to waste.
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