Lemon-Oregano Roasted Chicken With Broiled Feta

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My sister Ashley and I were fanatics for feta cheese — a by-product of Mama's nightly Greek salads — so this dish, inspired by one of my Uncle Al's, was always a useful way to get us out of the same ole chicken dinner routine. Roasting chicken breasts with the skin on and bone in yields a moist, delicious result every time. The keys to success are using a heavy-bottomed cast-iron pan and allowing the heat to crisp up the skin without moving the chicken about during the searing process.

Reprinted with permission from Southern Living, A Southern Gentleman's Kitchen

Lemon-Oregano Roasted Chicken With Broiled Feta
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  • 2 lemons
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 skin-on bone-in chicken breasts
  • 1 (4-ounce) package crumbled feta cheese
  • Garnish: fresh oregano leaves
  1. Cut lemons in half. Squeeze juice from lemons into a measuring cup to equal ¼ cup. Smash garlic using flat side of a knife. Combine lemon juice, garlic, oil, and next 3 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag; add chicken, turning to coat. Seal bag and chill 4-24 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit. Place a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat 2 minutes or until hot. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade. Cook chicken, skin-side down, 3 minutes (to ensure even searing on the skin, do not disturb chicken). 
  3. Turn chicken over, and transfer skillet to oven. Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion of breast registers 165°. Remove skillet from oven.
  4. Preheat broiler with oven rack 3 inches from heat. Sprinkle chicken with feta. Broil chicken in skillet 2 minutes or until cheese just begins to melt and is lightly browned. Transfer chicken to a platter, and serve immediately.
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