I’d like to caveat this whole post by saying – this picture just doesn’t do it justice! I read Chrissy Teigen’s recipe for this chicken with lemon, garlic and bacon last weekend on sodelushious.com, and have been thinking about it since. I omitted a few ingredients and tried to avoid a blatant bacon fat OD (no offense, girl!) and couldn’t be happier with the result. The chicken is moist, the bacon crisp and the lemon could be the perfect bow to tie it all together. While the recipe is adapted whole-heartedly from her blog, I can personally vouch for the version that follows. Trust a sister.
Wash and pat the chicken dry and space evenly in a baking pan with at least a 2 inch lip. Slice the two lemons into quarters and generously squeeze the juice onto the chicken pieces. Leave the lemon rinds in the baking pan. Mince the garlic cloves. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, paprika and rub the chicken with the garlic. Lay the bacon pieces flat over the tops of the chicken. Place the bay leaves in the bottom of the pan and carefully pour the chicken broth in the bottom of the pan. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes or until chicken is done. Crisp the bacon under the broiler for 5 minutes or until bacon is well done. Enjoy!