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Yiayia's Garlic Chicken

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“My YiaYia is a typical Greek grandmother. Her English may not be fabulous but she can say "Eat! Eat!" like an order. Her recipes are lists of ingredients scribbled in Greek that my dad translated for me. I've been making her garlic chicken since I was 12! I make it for company a lot and always pass on the recipe. My only warning is that this dish derives a lot of flavor from the olive oil. I use an imported extra-virgin Greek olive oil made from kalamata olives. Inferior supermarket oils will not taste the same.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut slits in chicken (2 or 3 per piece), place in casserole dish.
  2. Combine oil, garlic, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Pour over chicken, making sure most of the garlic pieces stay on the chicken. Poke some down in the slits too.
  3. Sprinkle with oregano.
  4. Cover with foil tightly.
  5. Bake 375 30-45 minutes, until chicken is done.
  6. Serve with rice, spoon oil and lemon from pan over the rice.

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