Baked rosemary chicken with homemade croutons

Posted: March 8, 2009 by nietize in Chicken
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From Jamie at Home

Ingredients
4 whole free-range or organic chicken legs, skin on
1 loaf ciabatta bread (about 9 ounces), torn into thumb-sized pieces
3 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves picked and roughly chopped
Olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
12 thin slices pancetta or bacon

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place the chicken legs in a snug-fitting roasting pan with the pieces of torn-up bread. Sprinkle with the chopped rosemary, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Mix with your hands to make sure everything is well coated, then lift the chicken legs up to the top, so they sit above the bread. This way, the bread will soak up all the lovely juices from the chicken, giving you the best croutons! Pop the pan into the preheated oven.

After 45 minutes the chicken should be nicely cooked. Take the pan out of the oven, drape the pancetta or bacon over the chicken and croutons, and put back for another 15 to 20 minutes for everything to crisp up. 


When they’re cooked, remove the pan from the oven and set it aside for the chicken to cool down slightly. 

Serve with a salad on the side

This JO recipe is actually for a Caesar salad, the chicken was to be shredded and the croutons added to the salad but I thought that they were just too tasty to be mixed in with vegetables.

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