Jalapeño Chicken

Jalapenos are the most popular chile peppers in the US. This is probably due to the availability and versatility of the chile. Jalapenos have a balanced combination of flavor and heat. The demand for these have caused breeders to develop a broad range of varieties.

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1 (4 to 4-1/2 pound) chicken, rinsed and patted dry
4 (2″ long) jalapeno chiles, cut into 1/8″ thick rounds
2 lemons, each cut into 4 wedges
1 medium onion, quartered
2-1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. soy sauce

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Starting at neck end, loosen the skin by running your fingers between the skin and the breast meat. Place the chile rounds, spaced apart, on the breast meat under the skin of the chicken. Toss the 4 lemon wedges with the onion, 1/2 Tbsp. of oil and the soy sauce in a small bowl to coat. Stuff the lemon mixture into the main cavity of the chicken and rub the outside of the chicken with remaining 2 Tbsp. of oil. Sprinkle with some salt and place the chicken on a rack in a roasting pan.

Roast the chicken until golden brown and the juices run clear when the thigh is pierced with a knife, about 1-1/2 hours. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter and garnish with the remaining lemon wedges.

Makes 4 servings.