Garlic Chicken with Red Onion & Toasted Bread

Garlic Chicken with Red Onion & Toasted Bread
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  • 4Servings


  • 1 3 1/2- to 4-lb. chicken
  • 1 large head garlic, top quarter cut off, plus 1 small clove garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 5-oz. loaf crusty bread, torn into bite-size pieces (3 cups)
  • 2 small red onions, cut through the core into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees . Place the chicken and head of garlic in a large cast-iron skillet. Rub the chicken and garlic with 1 tbsp. oil; season with salt and pepper. Using kitchen twine, tie the legs together. Roast 25 minutes.

In a large bowl, toss the bread, onions and 2 tbsp. oil; season. Arrange the bread and onions around the chicken. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees , about 35 minutes more. Transfer the chicken to a platter.

On a cutting board, finely chop the parsley, lemon zest and the remaining garlic clove to make the gremolata; season.

Sprinkle the chicken with half the gremolata. Using tongs, squeeze the cloves from the head of garlic into the skillet. Add the vinegar and the remaining gremolata to the skillet; toss to combine. Serve with the chicken.