This is a favourite for all the family and, my grand-daughter Leila says it is even better than party food and requests it for dinner whenever they are coming over!
This is one of those ‘one pan dishes’, very easy to make and most delicious to eat. The secret is in the quality of the ingredients – fresh, free-range chicken is a must. I usually use thigh cutlets – the bone in them makes this dish tastier.
This kind of dish is served all over Greece, particularly with home-grown rooster, and lots of lemon, black pepper, garlic and rosemary for that distinctive Greek flavour.
In 2010, I had a special birthday with a ‘0’ and decided to celebrate with some friends and had an unforgettable ‘Mumma Mia’ birthday on the Greek Islands of Skiathos and Skopelos, where they made the movie starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan. These are part of the northern Aegean Sporadic Islands and were distinctive from their neighbours in the Cyclades by being very green and tree covered. Every one of the 300+ Greek Islands are unique and, for the adventurous traveller, that’s the exciting thing about them. If you don’t like this one, well, move on to the next!
While not really enjoying Skiathos, because it was too touristy, we found heaven on Skopelos at the Adrina Hotel – where the location, beautiful room and food put a smile on all of our faces. We savoured lots AND lots of the local food and we quickly dubbed this island ‘Skoffalot’.
NOTE: If you are in this part of the world it is worth taking a trip to the next island in this group, Alonnisos – a step back (or up, depending on how you look at it!) in peacefulness and beauty and, for some reason, a favourite with Norwegian travellers. We had a great time there and enjoyed lots walking, swimming and yummy food!
- 1 free range chicken cut into pieces or simply butterflied in half – or you can use thigh cutlets.
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp fresh chopped rosemary – you can use thyme, tarragon, marjoram and oregano as well.
- 1 tbsp of chopped preserved lemon OR shredded lemon zest
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 2 tsp ground black pepper – this dish requires lots
- 1 tsp ground sea salt
- Bunch of baby carrots, washed
- Waxy potatoes, cut into quarters – as many as you can fit in the dish
GREEK LEMON CHICKEN – great to cook at home, but better on a Greek Island. You can probably tell that I am not going this year so am feeling a little nostalgic! Kali orexi!