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Roast Chicken Breasts with Rosemary-Lemon Brown Butter

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Utterly simple to prepare and impossible to resist, this dish is sure to become a family favorite. Serve with brown rice and green beans or asparagus, all of which would benefit from the nutty-lemony flavor of the sauce.

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Ingredients

  • 4 bone-in skin-on split chicken breasts (about 1-3/4 lb.)
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 2 oz. (4 Tbs.) unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1-1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Details

Adapted from finecooking.com

Preparation

Step 1

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F.

Pat the chicken dry and generously season with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a 12-inch ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering hot. Add the chicken skin side down and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Turn the chicken over, transfer the pan to the oven, and roast until the chicken is cooked through (165°F), about 20 minutes. Transfer to a platter.

Pour off any fat from the skillet, add the butter, and melt over medium heat. Add the rosemary and cook, stirring, until the butter turns brown and gives off a nutty aroma, 2 to 3 minutes. Immediately remove the pan from the heat, stir in the lemon juice, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve with the lemon wedges.

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