CHICKEN WITH CRACKED OLIVES AND HERBS

Chicken with Cracked Olives and Herbs ~ this is a fabulous one pot meal in the vibrant healthy Mediterranean tradition, it’s so easy to throw together, and it bursts with sunny flavor!
CHICKEN WITH CRACKED OLIVES AND HERBS

Ingredients

  1. 4 chicken leg quarters (the whole let, thigh and drumstick attached)
  2. salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  3. olive oil for basting

spice rub

  1. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  2. 1/4 cup Aleppo pepper (or a combination of hot smoked paprika and cayenne)
  3. 1/4 cup finely minced fresh rosemary
  4. 1/4 cup olive oil

olive herb mix

  1. 1 cup cracked olives, or other green olives of your choice, torn
  2. 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  3. 1/4 cup olive oil
  4. 1/4 cup fresh chopped oregano leaves
  5. 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
  6. garnish
  7. lemon wedges and fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Salt and pepper the chicken on all sides.
  • Mix the spice rub ingredients together and massage all over the chicken. Put the chicken in a large heavy casserole, making sure it's in a single layer. Cover and let sit at room temperature for an hour. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 450F
  • Mix the olives, herbs, oil, and lemon juice and set aside.
  • Cook the chicken for 40 minutes, or until deep golden brown. Drizzle with olive oil at least twice during the baking to get a crisp golden skin. A thermometer inserted between the leg and thigh should read 160F. Cover loosely with foil and let rest for 15 minutes.