11 February, 2015
Djej w Batata Bil Sayniyyeh
- 4 lbs of chicken legs/quarters/breasts
- 5 medium potatoes
- 20 cloves of garlic (or 1.5 heads)
- 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 4 table spoons of olive oil
- salt to taste
- A pinch of Lebanese 7 spices
- Vinegar (optional)
Soak chicken in vinegar for 10 minutes (to help remove the “chickeny” smell), rinse them well with cold water then dry them with paper towels.
Make cuts in chicken in order to allow for garlic sauce to seep deep inside.
Rub chicken with a table spoon or two of olive oil, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of Lebanese 7-spices.
Peel potatoes then cut them in disks of about 1/2 inch, salt lightly.
Place chicken on bottom of baking tray (preferably metal), place potatoes on top, and bake at 400F (medium heat) for about 40-50 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked.
Meanwhile place the garlic cloves, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 2-3 table spoons of olive oil in a blender/food processor and spin for 4-5 minutes, add the lemon juice and spin for another 4-5 minutes until you have a nice lemony-garlicky sauce.
Once the chicken has baked, take the tray out of the oven and very carefully drain any excess liquids/fat/water that you see on the bottom.
Pour the garlic sauce all over it while mixing it well with the potatoes, put back in the oven and broil for another 5-10 minutes until the potatoes turn reddish.