Felice’s Lemon Chicken

laddina ca’ lumia ri Fulici

Preparation info
  • Serves

    6 to 8

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Sicilian Feasts

By Giovanna Bellia La Marca

Published 2023

  • About

My father Felice Bellia would barbecue this over charcoal in the summer, and bake it in the oven in the winter. The winter version has a sauce, but the summer variety is just as delicious.


  • 2 chickens
  • ¼ cup coarse salt
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil</


Soak the chickens in water to cover and the coarse salt for 30 minutes. Rinse them well, cut them into serving pieces, dry them with paper towels, and set aside.

Meanwhile, place the olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, salt, and pepper in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Crush the garlic cloves, remove the skin, and add to the marinade in the jar, and shake vigorously to blend.