Roasted Chicken Thighs with Rosemary and Garlic
So, I have a ginormous rosemary bush living just outside my front door. I first discovered it last Christmas when my fiancé covered it in colored lights and proclaimed it a cupcake. At his request to examine this cupcake creation all lit up for Saint Nick, I realized that the massive bush I had walked by a few thousand times was indeed rosemary. Now discovered, I use this herb to enhance a number of recipes. One of the best so far is this one made with chicken thighs. Before I go on, I feel that a defense for the chicken thigh must be made. In my opinion this piece of meat is the juiciest and most tender part of the chicken. I know many people prefer the chicken breast to the thigh however, the breast will dry out more easily and it has less flavor than the thigh. Trust me, try substituting a breast for a thigh in one of your one recipes and see what a difference it makes!
4 skin on bone in chicken thighs
1/3 cup olive oil
2 sprigs of rosemary minced
The zest and juice of one lemon
2 tablespoons of dejon mustard
2 teaspoons of freshly cracked black pepper
2 or 3 cloves of garlic minced and mashed
1 teaspoon of salt
First combine the olive oil, rosemary, mustard, the zest and juice of one whole lemon, salt and pepper and mix well.
The mustard will act as a binder and help your marinade to emulsify. Next, mince the garlic finely and sprinkle a bit of salt over the top this will help the garlic to release its juices. Then using the back of a spoon smash the garlic till it becomes pasty, add this to the marinade and mix well.
Lastly, poor the marinade over the chicken and massage it into the meat on all sides. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and pop it into the frig for at least four hours or overnight if you wish.
Once you’re ready to cook, preheat your oven to 400° F. Place the chicken thighs into a roasting pan and cook 35 to 40 minutes. Serve with crusty bread for a taste of Tuscany.
This savory rosemary and garlic chicken is great for any day of the week but why not dress it up and serve it for a special weekend dinner or to impress the in-laws. After all, who doesn’t like chicken especially the thigh!