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Recipe Corner: Mrs. Scorcese's Lemon Chicken

Posted 11-02-10 at 10:29 AM

“Marty Scorsese’s parents always reminded me so much of my own that I loved to have dinner with them. Catherine was the greatest cook and one dish of hers was my favorite. Marty can make it as well and when he describes how it’s done he always says, ‘ You drown the chicken in lemon juice.’ Then add garlic, olive oil and plenty of fresh oregano and roast until the chicken is revealed, golden brown.” - Francis Coppola

One of the specials at Rustic: Francis’s Favorites, Mrs. Scorsese’s Lemon Chicken became an instant hit when the restaurant opened its doors this summer and was hugely popular at the recent Wine & Food Affair event.

We invite you to try it for yourself using the recipe below. We also suggest pairing the dish with a glass of our Francis Coppola Reserve Viognier for perfectly Coppola-inspired meal.


2 lbs chicken leg and chicken thighs, halved
2 cups fresh lemon juice
3 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs sliced garlic
4 large sprigs fresh oregano
Salt and pepper to taste

Coat bottom of 16 oz baking dish with the olive oil. Add sliced garlic. Place chicken skin side down in dish and season with salt and pepper. Drown chicken in lemon juice, then top with two sprigs fresh oregano. Place in 350 degree oven and cook for 20 minutes. Remove, then flip chicken to expose skin. Return to oven and cook again for 25 – 30 minutes until lemon juice is reduced by half and skin is a golden brown. Serve with rice pilaf and garnish with new sprigs of fresh oregano.