Holly Rosemary Bush Batman!

Roasted Chicken Thighs with Rosemary and Garlic

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            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!

Ingredients:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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