Recipe: Goddess Chicken

Goddess Chicken

•    1 ½ cups plain yogurt
•    1 cup packed basil leaves
•    ½ cup packed fresh tarragon
•    ¼ cup packed chives
•    2 garlic cloves, peeled
•    2 anchovy fillets (optional)
•    1 scallion, white and green parts
•     Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime
•    2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
•    1 teaspoon black pepper
•    1 (4- to 5-pound) chicken, cut into pieces (legs, breast, thighs, etc.)
•    1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Directions:
•    In a blender, purée yogurt, basil, tarragon,  chives, garlic, anchovies (if using), scallion, lime zest and juice, salt and pepper until smooth.
•    Put chicken pieces in a bowl or large heavy-duty resealable plastic bag and cover with three-quarters of the marinade. (Save the rest to serve as a sauce.) Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or up to overnight.
•    Heat oven to 500 degrees. Remove chicken from the marinade, shaking off as much liquid as possible, and lay the halves on a rimmed baking sheet. (Discard the used marinade.) Pat chicken tops dry with paper towels and drizzle with oil. Roast until cooked through, about 30 to 45 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving, with some of the reserved sauce if you like.
 

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