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Roast Chicken With Lemon Zest And Green Olives

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
6 pounds whole chickens
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon paprika
2 bay leaves, crumbled
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped
cup minced parsley
cup minced cilantro (coriander)
teaspoon saffron (optional)
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
Water or chicken stock
1 x 6 ounce can pitted green olives, drained
Julienned zest of 2 lemons

Details

Serves: 8


Method

Heat olive oil in Dutch oven or roasting pan and place chickens, breasts down in pan.


Combine ginger, paprika, bay leaves, garlic, onion, parsley, cilantro and saffron in bowl. Spread mixture over chickens and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add enough water to cover chickens halfway. Place over high heat and bring to boil.


Remove pan from heat and place in 400 degree F oven. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Turn chickens and continue baking until very tender and golden brown, about 30 minutes.


Transfer chickens to serving platter. Place pan on stove top and heat remaining juices to boil. Add olives and lemon zest. Reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes. Spoon sauce over chickens and serve.

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