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Recipe courtesy of Frank Pellegrino

Rao's Famous Lemon Chicken (Pollo al Limone)

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 15 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Two 2 1/2- to 3-pound broiling chickens, halved

1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley

Lemon Sauce (recipe follows)

Lemon Sauce

2 cups fresh lemon juice

1 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. To attain maximum heat, preheat broiler for at least 15 minutes before using. 
  2. Broil chicken halves, turning once, for about 30 minutes or until skin is golden-brown and juices run clear when bird is pierced with a fork. 
  3. Remove chicken from broiler, leaving broiler on. Using a very sharp knife, cut each half into about 6 pieces (leg, thigh, wing, 3 small breast pieces). 
  4. Place chicken on a baking sheet with sides, of a size that can fit into the broiler. Pour Lemon Sauce over the chicken and toss to coat well. If necessary, divide sauce in half and do this in two batches. 
  5. Return to broiler and broil for 3 minutes. Turn each piece and broil for an additional minute. 
  6. Remove from broiler and portion each chicken into each of 6 warm serving plates. 
  7. Pour sauce into a heavy saucepan. Stir in parsley and place over high heat for 1 minute. Pour an equal amount of sauce over each chicken and serve with lots of crusty bread to absorb the sauce. 

Lemon Sauce

  1. Whisk together juice, oil, vinegar, garlic, oregano, and salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Whisk or shake vigorously before using. 
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