Pollo al Forno Recipe

Photo Credit: Now Eat This! Italian
Cook Time: 1 hour
Prep Time: 20 min
( Serves 4 )
olive oil (cooking spray)
1 whole (3½-pound) all-natural farm-raised chicken
1 whole lemon
4 whole fresh rosemary sprigs
1 pinch salt
1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
1 whole large zucchini (sliced lengthwise 1/8 inch thick; use a mandoline)
1/2 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano (grated)
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Coat a large baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Place the chicken on a clean work surface. Cut 4 (¼-inch-thick) slices from the lemon and stuff the remaining lemon in the cavity of the chicken.
  3. Place 1 lemon slice between the meat and skin of each breast, then place 1 lemon slice between the meat and skin of each thigh. Place 1 sprig of rosemary under each lemon slice, nestling it between the meat and the lemon slice.
  4. Lightly coat the chicken with cooking spray and season it all over with salt and pepper. Place in the baking dish and transfer to the middle rack of the oven.
  5. Cook the chicken until the skin is browned and the meat is fully cooked. Check the internal temperature in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast. When the thermometer reads 155°F, about 45 minutes to 1 hour, remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest tented with aluminum foil for at least 15 minutes. Do not skip the resting step.
  6. Transfer the chicken to a plate; remove and discard the skin, reserving the rosemary and lemon slices.
  7. Pour the cooking juices from the pan into a small clear plastic container and let sit at room temperature for 5 minutes to let the fat separate. Place the container above the baking dish and poke a hole in the bottom of it to allow all of the fat-free decanted cooking juices to be released; quickly move the container before the fat on top comes through the hole. You can use a gravy decanter for this step if you have one.
  8. Turn the oven off and place the zucchini in the baking dish with the chicken broth to just cook through during the next step.
  9. Remove the chicken meat from the bones, cutting each breast in half and separating each thigh from the leg. Divide the meat among 4 plates. Everyone gets half a breast; 2 people will get a thigh, and 2 people will get a drumstick. Divide any remaining meat among the plates.
  10. Remove the zucchini from the oven, sprinkle with the Parmigiano, and place it alongside the chicken on the plates. Pour the remaining cooking juices over the plates and place 1 lemon slice on each plate.

*Recipe provided by AOL (and "Now Eat This Italian" publishers), developed by celebrity chef Rocco Dispirito.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 252.00 Fat: 6.50 g

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