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Pickle-Brined Chicken for the Peck Slip Pickle Fest

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Pickle-Brined Chicken

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Pickle-Brined Chicken

This Sunday marks NYC’s first annual Peck Slip Pickle Festival. New Amsterdam Market will overflow with kimchi, sauerkraut, pickled eggs, traditional pickled cucumbers and any other briny offering you can imagine from more than 20 producers. While there is nothing quite like the fresh crunch of a salty, sour pickle, the leftover brine can be saved and used in versatile ways. Frankies Spuntino chefs Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli use the liquid in a recipe for Pickle-Brined Chicken that yields ultramoist and flavorful results.

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Chicken Fajitas Prove Kids Can Cook

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Chicken Fajitas

© James Baigrie
Chicken Fajitas

Home economics classes may be a thing of the past, but a recent study from Colorado State University found that the benefits of teaching kids how to cook in school transcend the obvious value of understanding how to feed oneself. "Teachers and principals are seeing how the classroom cooking experience helps support critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving skills," study author Leslie Cunningham-Sabo tells NPR's food blog, The Salt. Parents can test the findings at home. If an eight-year-old could come up with this recipe for Easy Chicken Fajitas, children can surely help make it.

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No Twinkie Stuffing for Us, Thanks

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Couscous-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

© William Meppem
Couscous-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Twinkies can be a sweet, nostalgic splurge, but snack cakes in Thanksgiving stuffing? The Huffington Post recently featured a recipe from The Twinkies Cookbook called "Twinkling Turkey," which uses the cake of six Twinkies in a stuffing and reserves the cream for basting. But it doesn't take stunt foods to add intrigue to the Thanksgiving table. F&W's ultimate recipe guide includes creatively delicious—as opposed to absurd—variations on Thanksgiving turkeys and stuffing. True enthusiasts can incorporate stuffing into weeknight meals too, like in these unique Moroccan Couscous-Stuffed Chicken Breasts.

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Prep Thanksgiving Questions for Live Chat

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Moroccan Roasted Chicken Recipe

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Moroccan Roasted Chicken

Food & Wine’s Senior Recipe Developer, Grace Parisi, returns for part two of her live Thanksgiving chat series tomorrow, Tuesday November 8, at 2 p.m. ET on Facebook. Taking over our fan page, Parisi will answer all holiday questions on topics ranging from fast appetizers and showstopping sides to what you should be making ahead of time, starting now. For a roasting warm-up tonight, Parisi's Moroccan Roasted Chicken, rubbed with paprika, coriander and cinnamon, among other spices, makes a fantastic fall meal.

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Carbo-Load with Chicken Pasta to Honor the NYC Marathon

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Pasta Shells with Chicken

© Melanie Acevedo
Pasta Shells with Chicken

This Sunday, thousands of ambitious athletes will participate in the NYC Marathon. The days before running what will be a chilly 26.2 miles, marathoners often prepare by carbo-loading with a hearty pasta meal that provides muscles with energy stores of glycogen. For endurance runners this weekend, this fast, one-dish recipe for Pasta Shells with Chicken and Brussels Sprouts offers carbs and protein, a combination that will also appeal to sympathy-hungry supporters.

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Fried Chicken Sandwiches for National Sandwich Day

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Fried Chicken Sandwich

© Frances Janisch
Fried Chicken Sandwich

The fourth Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu, accomplished many things during his tenure, including funding Captain Cook’s discovery of the Sandwich Islands (now known as Hawaii). But he is most credited with inventing the sandwich. A gambler, Montagu would supposedly miss formal meals while occupied at the card table, and order servants to fetch him a piece of salt beef between two slices of toasted bread. National Sandwich Day honors Montagu's birthday on November 3, 1718. Thankfully, we’ve come up with a lot more creative fillings since then, as in this panko-crusted fried chicken sandwich topped with artichoke tapenade.

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Mario Batali’s Chicken with Piquillos

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Chicken with Piquillos

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Chicken with Piquillos

Today Mario Batali, America's fiery, red-headed master of Italian cooking, chatted with Food & Wine Facebook fans about his new cookbook Molto Batali: Simple Family Meals from My Home to Yours as part of our Kitchen Insider series. While Batali owns 19 restaurants, he's a huge supporter of cooking at home. Batali learned this recipe for Chicken with Piquillos from home cook Pilar Sanchez, who prepared the dish with chickens that were raised in her yard in Asturias, Spain. Birds from the market will also taste delicious in the peppery sauce.

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Parisi's Foolproof Herb-and-Lemon Roasted Chicken

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Roasted Chicken Recipe

© Antonis Achilleos
Herb-Roasted Chicken

Food & Wine’s Senior Recipe Developer Grace Parisi kicked off a live Thanksgiving chat series on Facebook today. For three more Tuesdays in November from 2 to 3 p.m. ET, she will answer questions about prepping, cooking and preventing disasters on F&W’s fan page. A holiday-dinner expert, Parisi also excels at streamlining the classics like this luscious roast chicken rubbed with herb butter.

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Not-So-Scary Yakitori for Halloween

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Chicken Yakitori

© Con Poulos
Chicken Yakitori

The Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern is known for eating weird stuff, but Food & Wine's new Kitchen Adventures series with the chef emphasizes his knack for transforming discoveries into recipes for the home cook. (See this week's Montauk Scallop and Oyster Pan Roast.) Zimmern's Chicken Yakitori provides another example. Traditionally, yakitori skewers in Tokyo are made with chicken parts that sound pretty scary: cockscombs, hearts, gizzards. But these chicken thighs, basted with soy glaze and fresh ginger juice, will be a healthy precursor to candy binges later tonight.

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Crazy Fried Chicken

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Super Crispy Fried Chicken

© Tina Rupp
Super-Crispy Fried Chicken

These days, it seems like it’s illegal to open up a restaurant and not put fried chicken on the menu. (Perhaps it’s a new stipulation in leases for dining establishments.) Some chefs take that mandate and serve straight-ahead, crispy fried chicken. But it’s the other cooks—the ones that decide they want to get a little bit wacky with their chicken—that we’ll focus on now.
 
Pine State Biscuits; Portland, OR. For some people, a piece of fried chicken is indulgent enough. Those people should not go to Pine State Biscuits and order the Wedgie: a biscuit filled with buttermilk fried chicken, a fried green tomato, iceberg lettuce and blue cheese dressing. And they definitely shouldn’t order the Reggie Deluxe, because that’s a biscuit topped with fried chicken, bacon, cheddar, gravy and an over-easy fried egg.
 
Hot Sauce and Panko; San Francisco. Is it a fried chicken spot? A Belgian waffle place? A hot sauce shop? Actually, it’s all three. At Hot Sauce and Panko, you can get 10-plus kinds of chicken wings, 92 types of hot sauces and five options for your waffles. The KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) is its best seller; you can try it with Big Papi en Fuego Grand Slam XXXtra Hot Sauce. If you want waffles on the side, you can have them naked or with “veggi” bacon.
 
Supper; Philadelphia.
Personally, I think pickles should be a required side for fried chicken. Chef Mitch Prensky of Supper agrees with me. His new Jewish Fried Chicken has a spear or two of garlic pickle alongside the chicken, which is cured with a pastrami-spiced brine, then coated with a mixture that includes more pastrami seasoning, then fried. (Guess what else Prensky serves on the side? Fried matzo balls.)
 
Blue Ribbon at Brooklyn Bowl; New York City. Don’t get me started on all the amazing places to eat fried chicken in New York City. But there is just one place where you can bowl, see Biz Markie perform (or Kanye West, if you have super-good connections), drink hyper-local beer and eat amazing Blue Ribbon fried chicken. Chefs Eric and Bruce Bromberg give you the option of fried chicken dinners with white meat, dark meat or a mix of both.
 
American Cupcake; San Francisco. Take two of the biggest food trends in recent years—fried chicken and the unstoppable cupcake wave—and you come up at the same place as the Bay Area’s American Cupcake. They soak chicken in red velvet cake batter and then, for good measure, coat it in red velvet cupcake bits before frying. It’s served with cream cheese-infused mashed potatoes that just might conjure up a vision of frosting.  
 
Husk; Charleston, SC. Forget the focus on super-secret batter recipes. Star chef Sean Brock is hard at work trying to answer the question, “Just how many fats can chicken be fried in?” Brock’s chicken, which is available by reservation only and requires 48 hours notice, is fried in butter, chicken fat, bacon fat and country ham fat. Wow.
 
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