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Limoncello Chicken
(Serves 4)
Limoncello Chicken
Limoncello Chicken

One 5-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 lemon, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
6 garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup Limoncello
2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Rub both sides of the chicken pieces with olive oil; season with salt and pepper.  Arrange the chicken pieces in a 9 x 13-inch roasting pan.
Place the lemon slices on top of the chicken and sprinkle with the thyme.
Tuck the crushed garlic cloves among the chicken pieces.
Bake for 35 - 40 minutes.  Transfer the chicken to a serving platter.

Transfer 1/4 cup of the juices from the roasting pan to a small skillet.
Add the lemon juice and Limoncello.  Cook over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes to reduce the sauce. Stir in the chopped parsley.
Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve.
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