The Perfectly Roasted Chicken: 20 New Ways to Roast Plus a Host of Salads, Soups, Pastas, and More

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Previously published in hardcover as A Bird in the Oven and Then Some, this re-titled and re-jacketed paperback brings home the satisfaction of cooking and eating a perfectly roasted chicken. The rewards for nominal effort are many―a home filled with heady cooking aromas; tender, pull-apart meat and crisp golden skin; plus the exciting prospect of being able to make any number of delicious meals from the leftovers.

The Perfectly Roasted Chicken takes this time-honored classic and reinvigorates it by showing just how much variety and enjoyment you can spin from a simple roast. Mindy Fox presents 20 new ways to roast a chicken, as well as 80 delicious ideas for sides and dishes to make with the surplus. Her exuberance and love for pure ingredients and straightforward, vibrant flavors comes across in smart upgrades on uncomplicated classics, such as Greek Roast Chicken with Caper Butter, Roast Lemons, and Skordalia and Farroto with Roast Chicken and Herbs, and inspired new ideas, like Salami-Barded, Salt-Roasted Chicken with Fennel Slaw and Winter Roast Chicken Salad with Fennel, Blood Orange, and Pistachio.

More than just another chicken book, this is an engaging and exciting take on a beloved dish. Making use of easy techniques, Mindy Fox creates beautiful and outrageously good dishes that express a well-traveled palate, including Peruvian Roast Chicken with Avocado Salad, Cordoban Gazpacho with Shredded Roast Chicken, and Chinese Roast Chicken Buns with Scallion and Spiciy Hoisin Sauce.

So whether you're looking for new ways to make a perfect roast chicken, or inspired ideas for roast chicken soups, salads, sandwiches, small plates, pastas, brunches, lunches, or dinners, The Perfectly Roasted Chicken truly rules the roost.

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ROAST CHICKEN with GREEN OLIVES, FENNEL SEEDS, and THYME
If an olive can "make" a roast chicken, then this is the bird that proves it. Mild and fruity, there are two types of olives that work well in this dish, to blend with the floral flavors of fennel seed and thyme: France's prized Lucques (originally Italian, but now mainly cultivated in the Languedoc), and Cerignolas, from Apulia, Italy. Both are large, meaty, deliciously fruity sorts, with barely a hint of salt.
Serves 4
1 (4-pound) whole chicken
1 cup green olives, preferably Lucques or Cerignola (about 10), pitted and finely chopped (3/4 cup chopped)
2 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
2 lemons
1 3/4 teaspoons fennel seeds
1/2 tablespoon flakey coarse sea salt, such as Maldon, plus extra for serving
Heat oven to 425ºF.
Rinse the chicken and pat dry very well, inside and out. From the edge of the cavity, slip a finger under the skin of each of the breasts, then use your fingers to gently but thoroughly loosen the skin from the meat of the breasts and thighs.
Mound the olives, thyme, and garlic on your cutting board and chop them up together, then zest the lemons right over the top of the olive mixture, holding the zester close to the mixture so that you capture the flavorful oil that sprays from the lemons as you zest. Chop the mixture together a little more, then mix in the fennel seeds.
Working with about 1 tablespoon of the olive mixture at a time, gently push the olive mixture into the pockets you created between the chicken skin and meat, being careful not to tear the skin. Once you have put the mixture into the pockets, you can gently rub your hand over the outside of the skin to smooth out the mixture and push it further down between the skin and meat where you may not be able to reach with your hand.
Put the chicken into a baking dish or skillet a bit larger than the chicken and season well with salt. Roast in the oven, turning the pan once, halfway through, until juices run clear when a thigh is pierced with a fork, about 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove the pan from oven and let the chicken rest in the pan for 15 minutes, then baste with the juices.
Transfer the chicken to a cutting board; carve and serve with the pan juices and extra salt for sprinkling.

From the Author:

Nothing satisfies quite like the cooking and eating of a perfectly roast chicken--a simple dish that's perfect for eating solo or for sharing (and certain to provide great happiness!). The rewards for nominal effort are many--a home filled with heady cooking aromas; tender pull-apart meat and crisp golden skin; plus the exciting prospect of being able to make any number of dishes with the leftovers.

When I figured out how many delicious dishes I could make with roast chicken (ones that made good sense with the bird included, not just tossed in willy-nilly), I couldn't decide which was more exciting--roasting the bird, using an exciting array of various spices and other flavorings, or using the cooked meat to make tasty pastas; hearty soups; sandwiches à la Cuba and Vietnam; salads made with crimson blood oranges and crisp fennel or salty smoked almonds and fresh figs, and so on.

One bird provides ample meat for a small group of friends or family. If you're eating solo, the leftovers make for delicious salads, sandwiches, and more (it is helpful to know, as you cook through this book, that a roasted 4-pound bird provides about 4 cups of shredded meat). And, for a party or larger crowd, or, if you want to ensure leftovers, two or more birds can be cooked side by side.

Try any roast chicken you make from this book--one with Indian seasonings, say, or a Greek sort; your own recipe; or a convenient store-bought rotisserie bird, in any of the recipes for salads, soups, pastas and other dishes. Each bird will enhance the flavor a little differently and deliciously.

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