Rao’s Famous Lemon Chicken

  • Serves

    serves 6

Platters of this unexpectedly elegant dish seem to go out to almost every table at Rao's.


  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 12 tsp. dried oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (2 1/2-lb.) chickens with legs, thighs, and wings separated and breasts quartered on the bone
  • 14 cup chopped fresh parsley


instruction 0

Place oven rack in the upper third of the oven, and preheat broiler for at least 15 minutes.

instruction 1

Whisk together lemon juice, oil, vinegar, garlic, and oregano in a large bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

instruction 2

Place chicken, skin side down, on a baking sheet and broil for 15 minutes. Turn chicken skin side up and broil until skin is crisp and golden and juices run clear, about 15 minutes more.

instruction 3

Remove chicken from broiler and toss in lemon mixture. Return chicken to broiler, skin side up, and broil for 3 minutes. Transfer chicken to a platter.

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