It was my mom’s birthday last week! Who doesn’t love celebrating birthdays? Well, my husband didn’t … until I threw him a surprise birthday party after which he was “reborn” to birthdays. But that’s another story for another day.
The best part about birthdays, no matter how old you get, is that it’s the one day a year you can be selfish and expect everything to be about you. Between demanding workdays, short weekends, busy families (especially those with kids), it’s the day you can put everyone else on the back-burner and say “Today, it’s all about me for a change.” That does not go away with age.
The least we do for birthdays (my family, anyway) is get a cake, light the candles and sing happy birthday. We snap a couple pictures too, and present our birthday cards. It’s a whole family affair! This year, I decided to have my mom over for dinner. I have been dying to try this recipe out and it seemed like the perfect opportunity.
Adapated from Out of the Box Food
Lemon Garlic Chicken
Ingredients1 Whole Chicken, cut into Large Pieces 3 lemons 4 bulbs garlic, and 4 peeled whole cloves 4-5 Fresh Rosemary sprigs 1 tbsp Olive Oil Sea Salt and Pepper, to Taste
DirectionsPreheat oven to 450 degrees Season Chicken pieces with Salt and Pepper, to taste Keeping the peel on, cut tops off of the heads of garlic. Slice lemons into thick slices Heat cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil to skillet, then, place lemon pieces and whole bulbs of garlic, cut side down in and brown for 2-3 minutes. Remove lemon and garlic and set aside. Place chicken, skin side down in hot skillet. When chicken is golden brown, flip and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes. Place lemon slices between the chicken pieces and cook for another 2 minutes Place the garlic heads around the chicken. Scatter garlic cloves around the skillet. Place Rosemary between chicken pieces Bake the skillet in the oven uncovered for 30 minutes. Careful when removing the skillet, it will be very hot.
Nutrition Information: Cals 304. Carbs 22g. Fat 14g. Protein 19g.