Sicilian-Style Roasted Chicken

Roasted Chicken Sicilian Style

Roasted Chicken Sicilian Style

We also called this chicken “Italian-style” when I was growing up (even tho everything was Italian-style…except for the occasional hot dogs and even Italians like hot dogs). To me it was “chicken with salad dressing.” Don’t get me wrong, I love this recipe, but the ingredients are salad dressing and that’s how I always remembered the recipe: olive oil, vinegar, oregano, garlic. And there you have it. That’s the recipe. But check out more details below.

My mom recently informed me that it’s not “Italian-style” chicken, but Sicilian-Style since she learned it from her mother-in-law and guess where her mother-in-law (my grandmother) was from? Yes, that’s right. Sicily. (Note: I added the lemon & parsley touch. Wherever I can get flavor and color I take it.)

This chicken is so tasty you’ll likely eat every piece in one sitting. But don’t. Probably not good for your waistline (or mine).

Sicilian-Style Chicken

1 chicken, cut up into 8-10 pieces

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or white vinegar or balsamic

2-3 garlic cloves, peeled and quartered

1-2 tablespoons dried oregano

Salt & pepper to taste

1 lemon, sliced into thin wedges

2-3 sprigs fresh Italian parsley, leaves minced, stems discarded

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Season chicken pieces with salt & pepper. Place in a roasted pan. Drizzle olive oil, drizzle vinegar, sprinkle with garlic and oregano. Roast for 45minutes-1 hour until an instant read thermometer reads 165 in the thickest part of the thigh. Then turn on broiler and broil for about 2-3 minutes to golden.

Remove pieces to serving platter. Drizzle some of the juices. Sprinkle with parsley and lemon wedges. Serve.

I also demo’ed this recipe on WSMV-TV Channel 4 Nashville. Here’s the video segment:

Sicilian Chicken segment on WSMV-TV Channel 4 Nashville

Buon Appetito!

Red White & Blue 4th of July Tart

Red White & Blue Tart

Red White & Blue Tart

If you saw my spot on WSMV Channel 4 on July 4th you might have been looking for the full recipe for the 4th of July Tart (which is good any ole day!)…Here’s the recipe posted below. As I mentioned in the segment if you want to use a store-bought pie crust that works just as well. Just make sure you bake it till done before adding the cream and fruit.

Red, White & Blue Cream Cheese Vanilla Tart w 4th of July Berries

For the Crust:

1 1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon sugar

pinch salt

6 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces

scant 1/4 cup cold white wine

For the Filling:

1 8-oz package cream cheese

1/4 cup sugar

Zest of one lemon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

For the Fruit:

1 cup strawberries, trimmed & quartered

1 cup blueberries

1 cup raspberries

1/4 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

For the Crust: place the flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to combine well. Add the cut up cold butter and pulse till it’s broken up into smaller pieces. Add the wine and pulse until a dough forms. Place dough on a sheet of plastic wrap and press into a thick disc. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/8” thick. Fit the dough into a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Lightly butter or Pam a piece of parchment a little bigger than the tart pan. Place the buttered surface down and fill with dry beans. “Blind” bake tart for about 10 minutes. Take out the beans, “dock” tart (poke with fork all over the bottom) and place back in the oven for another 8-10 minutes until golden. Let tart crust cool.

For the Filling: In a medium mixing bowl whisk the cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, lemon zest and vanilla until smooth and well combined. Add a few drops of milk if it feels too stiff. Beat the 1 cup of cream until stiff peaks form. Whip in powdered sugar. Fold cream into cream cheese mixture. Fill cooled tart shell with mixture and smooth top to even.

For the Fruit: Toss fruit with sugar. Place the fruit in a decorative pattern. Serve or chill for a little while before serving.


Me And Kacy Hagerty with the July 4th tart.

Me And Kacy Hagerty with the July 4th tart.