Grandma’s Great Chicken

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This is THE recipe!  This is the one thing that I have made hundreds of times that always turns out perfect and gets all the compliments.  My kids eat it, my husband’s Grandma says it is her favorite, it makes your kitchen smell delicious…  what else do you need to know?

This was my Grandma’s recipe.  My Mom actually had it published in a small cookbook under “Mom’s Great Chicken.”

I was actually pictured on the inside cover!!!

The only change I have made to the recipe is to replace the butter.  We keep a kosher home – so not meat and dairy.  For a while I would use margarine (YUCK!).  I don’t even keep that stuff in my house anymore.  Lately I have been using avocado oil – but any oil will work perfectly.  Feel free to use butter if you want.  I don’t even measure the spices anymore.  I just sprinkle think of my Grandma and enjoy!

Grandma’s Great Chicken


  • 1 chicken cut into pieces (keep bone in and skin on)
  • 1/4 c oil (avocado, canola, or other neutral oil)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp tarragon
  • 1/2 tsp basil


  1. Preheat broiler
  2. In a shallow baking pan pour the oil coating the bottom of the pan.
  3. Place the chicken, skin side down, in the pan.
  4. Mix dry ingredients in a small bowl.
  5. Sprinkle half of dry ingredients on chicken.
  6. Broil 20 min.
  7. Turn chicken over.
  8. Sprinkle remaining dry ingredients.
  9. Broil 20 minutes.
  10. ***Note - if skin begins to burn, turn your broiler down to cook chicken fully
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