Chicken Marylands with Salmoriglio

Chicken Marylands with Salmoriglio

I want to introduce you to one of the easiest and tastiest sauces/marinades/dressings in the world: the southern Italian salmoriglio. This sauce is also amazing on eggs, vegetables, fish, lamb and steak, so go to town on it!

  • serves: 5
  • yields:
  • prep time: 15 minutes
  • cook time: 50 minutes
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What you'll need

  • 5 chicken marylands
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil plus extra for greasing
  • 1 pinch sea salt or to taste
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper or to taste
  • 2 onions cut crossways into thick slices
  • 1 garlic bulbs cloves separated
  • 2 lemons halved crossways
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary finely chopped
  • Salmoriglio
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 2 bunches fresh oregano leaves picked
  • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley leaves picked
  • 100 mls extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemons juice only


Salmoriglio contains lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, salt and, of course, herbs – generally oregano and parsley. Fresh oregano is preferable, but if you can’t find it then dried oregano is also fine. A little mint can sometimes be added, as well as some crushed fresh tomato if you like. I will leave it to you to decide how you want to make it, but I have included my very simple recipe below and teamed it with roasted chicken legs (with the skin on, of course).

To make the salmoriglio, pound the garlic with a pinch of salt to a paste using a mortar and pestle. Add the oregano and parsely, pound to a paste, then stir in the olive oil and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt.
Coat the chicken with the oil or fat and season with salt and pepper.
Preheat the oven to 200°C. Grease a roasting pan with some oil or fat, then scatter in the onion, garlic and lemon. Arrange the chicken on top and sprinkle with the rosemary.
Roast the chicken for 45- 50 minutes, basting occasionally with the pan juices, until the chicken is cooked through and golden. Remove from the oven, spoon over the salmoriglio sauce and serve.
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