Thursday, February 4, 2010

Lemon Thyme Chicken and Sauteed Broccolini

This chicken was delicious!  And the broccolini was just as tasty.  I had never tried this fun, little vegetable before and really enjoyed it.  :)

Lemon Thyme Chicken
10 chicken drumsticks
3 T. olive oil
5 (3-4" sprigs fresh thyme
2 garlic cloves, mashed
3/4 t. salt
1/2 t. black pepper
4 (1/4" thick lemon slices

-Put oven rack in upper third of oven and preheat oven to 500°F.
-Toss chicken with oil, thyme sprigs, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl, then transfer to a large (17- by 12-inch) shallow heavy baking pan (1 inch deep).
-Bake chicken 10 minutes, then add lemon slices to pan. Continue to bake until chicken is golden and cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes more. Serve chicken with lemon slices.

Sauteed Broccolini
1 bunch broccolini
Sea salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter or oil
1/2 lemon, zested
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

-Blanch the broccolini in a large pot of boiling salted water for 2 minutes.
-Drain immediately and immerse in a bowl of ice water.
-Melt the butter or oil in a large saute pan.
-Add the lemon zest and garlic and stir.
-Drain the broccolini and add it to the garlic mixture and heat for 2 minutes.
-Add the lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the pepper, and toss well before serving.

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