This is a beautiful Italian style roasted chicken. ‘Al mattone’ actually means “with a brick”. Roasting chicken with a brick accomplishes two things; it presses the chicken flat into the pan making it moist and juicy with a golden skin. It also makes it cook a little quicker. Buy a brick at any home and garden center, cover it with foil and you are ready to roll! Ask your butcher to cut the backbone out of a whole chicken leaving the chicken whole so it opens flat, like a book. Be very clear with your butcher or he will come back with two half chickens! Marinate overnight or all day. You will need: one brick per chicken, wrapped in foil. If you are making one chicken, use a large oven safe frying pan, for two chickens use a turkey roaster and double recipe. It is important chicken be as close to 4 lbs as you can get it. Bigger birds take longer to cook and won't press as flat.
Put a little olive oil in the bottom of and oven safe pan, skillet or roaster and place on cooktop at med/high heat. If using a turkey roaster to cook two birds, place roasting pan across two burners.
When pan and oil are very hot place marinated chicken on pan, skin side down and cook until skin is golden brown (about 6 minutes).
Move pan into preheated oven and place foil wrapped brick across the ribs of the chicken. Cook for 30 minutes, remove brick, flip chicken skin side up. Place the brick across the breast and continue roasting for 15 more minutes. Check thigh to make sure chicken is done, juices should run clear.
Remove brick, transfer chicken to cutting board. Squeeze juice of remaining lemon over chicken, sprinkle with red pepper flakes and parsley. Serve.