Chicken With 40 Leaves of Basil
A whole roasted chicken with an aroma of basil will take center stage at any dinner party of weeknight meal.
Inspired by the famous recipe, Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic, this basil-filled bird is just as aromatic. We have a feeling that Chicken with 40 Leaves of Basil is soon to become a household favorite. A whole-roasted bird is bound to be the centerpiece at any dinner party, but this dish is easy enough to execute on a weeknight. With just 15 minutes of active time, most of the magic happens in the oven.
In this recipe, the chicken gets basted all over in a vibrant basil-oil mixture, which not only adds a serious boost of flavor, but also seals in the chicken's moisture, preventing the bird from drying out in the oven. The chicken rests on a bed of onions and sweet peppers, which cook in the chicken drippings to create an instant, no-effort-necessary side. Since this recipe calls for a large quantity of basil, your best bet is to buy a living basil plant—not only will the leaves be super fresh, but you'll be sure to have enough basil with some left over. We call that the gift that keeps on giving.
Serve alongside crusty bread or roasted potatoes to enjoy every last bit of the herb oil. A bottle of white wine makes the perfect accompaniment to this weeknight-friendly roast chicken. When it comes to leftover chicken, the possibilities are endless. Toss together an herby chicken salad, or shred the chicken and add to pasta with pesto.