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Aleppo Pepper and Mint Roasted Chicken

FOOD & WINE Wine Club Aleppo Pepper and Mint Roasted Chicken FOOD & WINE Wine Club Aleppo Pepper and Mint Roasted Chicken
Popular in the Middle East, Aleppo pepper has a mild, sweet heat. It’s terrific on this chicken or tossed with roasted vegetables.
Servings: 4 servings
Total Time: 2 hours
5 small red onions, peeled, each cut through the roots into 8 wedges
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons dried mint, crumbled
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
4 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons
Aleppo pepper flakes
2 lemons—zests removed in strips, 1 lemon cut lengthwise into wedges
One 4-pound chicken
1. Preheat the oven to 425°. In a medium bowl, toss the onions, olive oil and the 2 teaspoons of mint. Season with salt and black pepper.
2. In a small bowl, mash the butter with the garlic, scallions, Aleppo pepper, lemon zest and the remaining 1½ tablespoons of mint; season with salt. Rub the seasoned butter evenly under the skin of the chicken. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and set the chicken in a medium roasting pan.
3. Season the chicken with salt and black pepper and roast for 20 minutes. Add the onions to the pan, reduce the oven to 375° and roast for 20 minutes longer. Squeeze the lemon wedges over the chicken and add to the pan. Roast for 35 minutes longer, basting, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thigh registers 165°. Transfer the chicken to a work surface. Let rest for 10 minutes.
4. Return the pan with the onions and lemon to the oven; roast for 10 minutes. Remove the string and carve the chicken. Serve with the onions, lemon wedges and pan juices. —Mindy Fox