A Greek lemon chicken recipe makes a great tasting Greek comfort food meal for you and your family.
You of course, want to use the finest ingredients to make this Greek chicken recipe.
Antibiotic-free chicken is becoming more and more popular as people understand the importance of "Good Bacteria".
As antibiotics can increase the number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria or "Bad Bacteria" and kill off the "Good Bacteria".
Tips on Antibiotic-Free Chicken
The Agriculture Department doesn't regulate the use of antibiotic
free labels, so be aware of the company you decide to put your trust in.
Some companies put antibiotics in their chicken feed and still others inject chickens before they have hatched.
Thoroughly investigate any company, before giving them your complete trust. Chickens should be free range or pastured!
U.S. Wellness Meats
offers free range and pastured chicken that are antibiotic free. Also, receive no added growth hormones.
They offer a mail order service and cooking tips as
well. They are also one of the fastest mail order companies!
Greek Lemon Chicken Recipe
4 lbs. Free Range Antibiotic Free Chicken (cut into sections)
Or 4 lbs. of Antibiotic Free Chicken Thighs (bone-in and skin-on)
3 Organic Yukon Gold Potatoes (peeled & cut into quarters)
1 Tbsp. of Kosher Salt (or to taste)
1 tsp. of Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1 tsp. Dried Organic Rosemary
1 Tbsp. of Dried Organic Oregano
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
6 Finely Minced Organic Garlic Cloves
1/2 cup of Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
1/2 cup of Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 cup Good Quality Chicken Broth (plus a splash to deglaze pan after roasting)
Garnish: Freshly Chopped Organic Oregano
Put the chicken pieces into a large mixing bowl. Then add the salt, pepper, dried herbs, cayenne, minced garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and the cut potatoes.
Give everything a good mix and let sit in your refrigerator for a couple of hours to marinate.
Then transfer into a lightly oiled large roasting pan. Put the chicken in first (skin side up) and distribute evenly in the pan. And fill the gaps with your potatoes.
Drizzle to the bottom of your pan about 1/2 cup of chicken broth or use water. And spoon the marinade over the chicken and a little over the potatoes.
Roast in a 425 degree F. oven for approximately 45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. At the 20 minute mark, remove from the oven - toss the chicken and potatoes (do not flip chicken over though).
When chicken is cooked, transfer chicken to a serving platter. Leave potatoes in pan and broil for a few minutes. Then transfer potatoes to the serving platter.
Put the roasting pan over medium heat and add a splash of chicken broth or water to deglaze pan. When pan drippings are set, strain and spoon over the platter. Add the garnish to your Greek lemon chicken recipe.
I made a variation of this Greek lemon chicken recipe on a special day and everybody seemed to enjoy the taste.
I used an organic and antibiotic-free chicken that I found at my local grocery store.
Health food stores usually carry this type of chicken as well, but usually frozen - unless it's a larger health food store chain.
The chicken turned out very juicy and tender. The only thing I regret is not making a gravy with the pan drippings.
Also, marinating your chicken overnight would probably make the best tasting Greek lemon chicken recipe.
Greek Lemon Chicken Recipe
4 lb. Free Range Antibiotic Free Chicken (cut into sections)
6 med. Organic Yukon Gold Potatoes (cut into wedges)
4 Tbsp. of Organic Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sea Salt & Black Pepper (to taste)
Fresh Sprig of Thyme
3 to 4 Organic Garlic Cloves
1 Gluten Free Organic Chicken Cube and 200 ml. (6.76 oz.) of Water
or Substitute Cube and Water with 200 ml. (6.76 oz.) of Organic Chicken Broth
1 tsp. Dried Organic Oregano
The Rind & Juice of 2 Organic Lemons
50 g. (1.76 oz.) of Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Generous amt. Fresh Organic Thyme
60 g. (2.1 oz.) of Organic Mild Mustard
40 g. (1.41 oz.) Organic Honey
Saute potato wedges seasoned with salt, pepper, and fresh thyme in a large skillet with Greek olive oil - until golden brow.
Then transfer potatoes to an oven-proof baking dish.
Next, add all of the marinade ingredients to a food processor and blend until garlic has completely broken down.
Put the chicken into a large bowl and pour in the marinade - massage the chicken (you can marinate for up to 24 hrs. for more flavor).
Then place the chicken on top of the potatoes in the baking dish and pour on the marinade.
Cover baking dish with foil or a lid and cook for 45 minutes at 390 degrees F.
After 45 minutes, remove foil or lid and cook for another 30 to 45 minutes - baste with marinade occasionally.
Serve chicken with Greek yogurt and the pan juices.
Your Body Needs "Good Bacteria"
One of the biggest problems with the use of antibiotics is that it kills the good bacteria inside your body.
Good bacteria is probably needed more than enzymes to keep the human body functioning properly.
This type of bacteria is often referred to as being probiotic aka the good bacteria.
Good bacteria is needed for a strong immune system and a functioning digestive system.
I've heard this type of bacteria referred to as the "defense system" for your entire body.
I think in general bacteria has been given a bad name.
And just how important "Good Bacteria" is for the well being of your body - may be a door that has only been recently cracked open.