This recipe is proof that lowering blood pressure can be delicious as well as healthful. Using fresh mint, and citrus fruits like lemon or orange, will infuse your food with lively flavor, so you can reduce or even eliminate the salt. Adding in more gusto with garlic, well known to have benefits in lowering blood pressure, is a bit of gilding the lily.
Fresh herbs like mint, basil, parsley, and cilantro, when purchased by the bunch, need water to keep their color, crisp stems, and bright leaves intact. Wash in running cold water to remove dirt. Store in refrigerator standing upright in a jar or tumbler filled with cold water.
- 3 pounds skinless boneless chicken thighs
- 2 lemons
- ½ cup packed fresh mint leaves
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Preheat the oven to 400° F. Place chicken thighs in a baking dish. Grate zest and squeeze juice from 1½ lemons into a small bowl; slice and reserve remaining ½ lemon. In the workbowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade, pulse mint leaves, garlic, the lemon zest and lemon juice until almost pureed. Scrape the mint mixture out of the workbowl onto the chicken thighs.
Use a pastry brush to be sure thighs are well coated with the mixture. Add reserved lemon slices to the pan. Bake 40 to 45 minutes until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of thighs reaches 165° F.
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