Grandmother's Roast Chicken
- 4 cloves garlic or to taste
- 1 4-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Sprigs of fresh rosemary, thyme, and sage
- 1/4 cup vegetable or olive oil
Smash the garlic slightly with a knife and rub into the chicken well. Salt and pepper the chicken and cover with the herbs. Dribble with a little of the vegetable or olive oil. Cover and leave in the refrigerator overnight, turning the herbs and chicken once.
Remove the herbs from the chicken. Heat a heavy ovenproof skillet large enough to hold all the pieces. Add the remaining tablespoon or 2 of the oil and place the chicken skin side down. Brown the chicken over a medium-high heat for about 5 minutes on one side.
Remove the skillet with the chicken to a preheated 350-degree oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the chicken is crisp and the juices run clear.
Yield: 6 servings.
From Jewish Cooking in America, by Joan Nathan.