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Italian Rub for Chicken

An Olive Oil Recipe

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Prep Information

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

25 minutes


4 people


  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon any good EVOO (Nocellara, Sonoma County Italian Blend, Melgarejo EVOO, etc.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 whole chicken


  • Combine all the ingredients to make a paste-like mixture, then apply to meat. Grill or roast the chicken.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Place the rub under the skin, then all over the top of the chicken.
  • Place the chicken in a shallow baking dish or cast iron skillet in the oven and roast for 45-60 minutes. Check for doneness after 45-50 minutes. If the juices run clear it's done. If you see pink, continue to roast until a cooking thermometer registers 150 degrees and the juices run clear. Remove the chicken from the pan and let stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.
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