Thursday, December 10, 2015

890. Syrian Roast Lemon Garlic Chicken

How can one talk about Syrian food without mentioning Syrian people? Such a fertile and blessed land loved by Prophets travelers alike. Such a bountiful people and land where hospitality knows no bounds and fruit tree branches hang low from their blessed load. May Allah take vengeance for Iraq and Syria and every Muslim nation victimized by the enemy.
This Syrian roast chicken, hosted by the MENA Cooking Club, is bold and unapologetic in its rustic and robust flavors. Zingy lemon, pungent garlic, and cozy roasted chicken and potatoes is a combination that surpasses frontiers and merges cultures. Very simple and adaptable to make, this is a great one-dish family meal.


1x1.5kg whole chicken
10 cloves garlic, grated
4 lemons, juiced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 cup olive oil
3-4 large potatoes


Cut chicken up into 8 pieces (2 legs, 2 thighs, 2 breasts, 2 wings with some breast) and put in a zip lock bag.
Add to the chicken all the lemon juice, grated garlic, salt, pepper, chilli, and olive oil.
Let marinate overnight in the refrigerator or at least 2 hours, depending on available time.
Put the chicken skin-side up in a large baking dish and randomly place potato chunks around the chicken.
Roast the chicken in a preheated 400F oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Serve hot with a green salad.

 صحة و عافية
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Famidha Ashraf said...

OMG! Those roasted chicken and potatoes look so juicy... Maryam.. i am sure it tastes too..

Rafeeda AR said...

Looks absolutely amazing!

Maryam Mohammed said...

Thank you Famidha!

Maryam Mohammed said...

Thanks Rafeeda!

Umm Hamza said...

Your right the flavours are unapologetic and robust, I love this dish and I like the fact you used a whole chicken cut in pieces.

Maryam Mohammed said...

Thank you Umm Hamza!

Denise Ahmad said...

I am making this tonight for my husband and some of his friends that are working on our house. Inshallah, the house will be done soon. The smell is very strong! He has a Syrian guy working with him actually so I am hoping that he will like it. I offered to make him some food because I thought he was a single man and he said "him and his wife our Syrian! You cannot cook for a Syrian! Their food is like no other" well thanks for the encouragement. I will let you know how it turned out.

Maryam Mohammed said...

Jazak Allah khair for feeding people. I hope it works out and look forward to hearing from you!

Denise Ahmad said...

My husband said they attacked the food and loved it! Alhamdulillah, he said the Syrian man said it was almost perfect but I added a little too much lemon juice. I made extra potatoes so I put them in a separate pan and just mixed the ingredients this could be why. Also I have pictures of food Inshallah I will gather them all together and email them to you!

Maryam Mohammed said...

Masha Allah that's fantastic!
I can't wait to get your pictures and feature them in a post :)