A pesto made with parsley, lemons, and capers adds a savory tang to this roasted-chicken-and-potatoes dinner. Cooking thin lemon slices mellows their bite and softens their rinds, so you can eat them whole or just squeeze their juice over the finished dish.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss potatoes with 2 teaspoons oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast 15 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, peel 3 strips zest from lemon, then thinly slice lemon crosswise. In a food processor, puree lemon zest, parsley, walnuts, capers, 2 tablespoons oil, and 1 tablespoon water until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. With a paring knife, cut a 1-inch horizontal slit in thick end of each breast; using your fingers, create a deep pocket between meat and bone. Tightly pack each pocket with pesto. Spread more pesto under skin. Rub chicken with remaining teaspoon oil and season with salt and pepper. Add chicken and lemon slices to sheet. Roast until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are golden, 35 minutes more.

Reviews (5)

44 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 3
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09/04/2013
This looks great, but I will add a clove of garlic to the pesto. Thoughts?
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09/04/2013
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09/04/2013
I can't seem to find how to print this recipe without all the rest of the info. Where do I just print the recipe?
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09/04/2013
Can I make this recipe with boneless chicken breast? How would I modify the time and temp?
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09/04/2013
Lovely recipe as usual Sarah!!!, by the way... what happened to your arm? I absolutely love capers, not so mad about parsley though, but I promise to give it a go, the recipe looks amazing...