I was 10 years old when Grease was released in theaters in 1978. My friends and I saw the movie over and over – at least until our parents ran out of patience. Olivia Newton-John became the "it" girl for us. Then came skating to Physical and Xanadu at the skating rink. Lots of memories are tied up in Ms. Newton-John. So I, like so many, was saddened to hear of her passing at age 73.
One way I know to pay tribute to someone who's passed is to cook their recipes. This is Olivia Newton-John's recipe for lemon chicken from her cookbook, LivWise Cookbook: Easy, Well-Balance and Delicious Recipes for a Healthy, Happy Life. Olivia liked to serve this lemon chicken recipe with roasted sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli or a green salad. Rest in peace, Olivia.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Total Time: 55 minutes to 1 hour
Servings: 4 to 6
- 3 pounds organic chicken, rinsed, trimmed of excess fat and patted dry
- 1 large lemon
- 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil or melted butter
Here's how to make it:
- Season the cavity of the chicken with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Using a fork, pierce the lemon all over and put it inside the cavity. Rub the olive oil or butter all over the outside of the chicken. Season well with salt and pepper.
- Cook in a preheated 400-degree F oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until juices run clear when the thigh is pierced with a knife. Remove and let the chicken rest, covered, for about 10 minutes.
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