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Quest Loves Fried Chicken

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Fried Chicken Kebabs

© Marcus Nilsson
Fried Chicken Kebabs

When he's not drumming with the Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Questlove wants to sell fried chicken from food trucks. According to Adweek, Questlove got the idea on the West Coast. "So at three in the morning, I'm watching these people kill all this Mexican corn. And I was like, Man, I want a food truck," he told the publication. His Philly-based start-up, called Quest Loves Food, will focus on Lancaster County fried chicken drumsticks for now, but the idea could lead to a fleet of trucks that caters to music festivals. The basics of any great food truck food: Make it delicious and portable. F&W's fried chicken kebabs start with ground chicken rolled into balls and fried, then served on skewers. Even if Quest doesn't take our suggestion, this fast recipe makes great holiday party food.

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Japan's World-Class Comfort Food

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Stir-Fried Udon Noodles

© Lucy Schaeffer
Stir-Fried Udon Noodles

As of this week, Japan holds more Michelin stars than France—even though the guide is published in France. Thirty-two Japanese restaurants earned the maximum three-star rating for 2012, while just 25 French restaurants received the honor in the most recent guide (the next version comes out in February). While these high-end restaurants are among the many reasons Japan makes an incredible destination for food lovers, the country also has an incredible knack for comfort food (see: ramen, tempura and soba). This recipe for Stir-Fried Udon Noodles with chicken, shrimp and vegetables from Chicago Chef Takashi Yagihashi makes a great intro for the home cook.

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Chicken and Kale Can Be Happy (and Delicious) Together

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Roasted Chicken with Kale

© Tina Rupp
Roasted Chicken with Kale

The Huffington Post reports that a Vermont artist whose home screen-printing business is built around the slogan ’Eat More Kale’ is under attack from the fried-chicken chain Chik-fil-A. The company claims that Bo Muller-Moore’s veggie-friendly catchphrase is too close to its own trademarked ’Eat Mor Chikin.’ We see no reason why the two slogans can’t live happily together, just like chicken and kale do in Grace Parisi’s Roasted Chicken Legs with Potatoes and Kale. The chicken’s meaty juices infuse the dark greens, creating a delicious and harmonious one-pan meal.

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Quick and Light Vinegar-Braised Chicken

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Vinegar-Braised Chicken

© Tina Rupp
Vinegar-Braised Chicken

After Thanksgiving and the requisite parade of leftovers, your stomach (and oven) deserves some down time before Christmas. These cacciatore-inspired chicken thighs are quickly braised in red wine vinegar instead of red wine, which cuts down on calories while retaining flavor. The chicken browns nicely and the vinegar reduces to a delicious glaze, for a meal that's done in 30 minutes.

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Manly Pulled-Chicken Sandwiches

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Pulled-Chicken Sandwich

© Ngoc Minh Ngo
Pulled-Chicken Sandwich

The December issue of Men’s Health, which hits shelves today, names Pittsburgh’s Primanti Bros. as the manliest restaurant in America because the Pennsylvania staple stuffs sandwiches with side dishes like coleslaw and french fries. According to the magazine, this allows the eater to "perform some sort of manual labor with your right hand and eat with your left." We’ll keep the fries on the side, but adding crisp, creamy coleslaw to sandwiches like this North Carolina barbecue–inspired Pulled-Chicken Sandwich makes for a match made in (healthy) manly heaven.

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A Light Start to the Week: Chinese Chicken Salad

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Chinese Chicken Salad

© Tina Rupp
Chinese Chicken Salad

Food & Wine’s Senior Recipe Developer, Grace Parisi, returns for the final installment of her live Thanksgiving chat series tomorrow, Tuesday, November 22, at 2 p.m. ET on Facebook. Taking over our fan page, Parisi will answer all of your last-minute holiday questions. Since the forthcoming week will present myriad opportunities foroverindulgence, we present Parisi's Grilled Chinese Chicken Salad for tonight's Chicken Dance—so you can at least start the week with a light and low-effort dinner.

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Beaujolais Nouveau Celebrates 60 Years

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Fried Chicken Liver Salad

© Anna Williams
Fried Chicken Liver Salad

Today marks the 60th release of Beaujolais Nouveau, a fruity French red aged for just a few weeks and meant to be consumed in almost as limited a window. Whether or not you partake in the festivities surrounding this inexpensive, minimally fussed-over wine, the occasion also offers an excuse to open great Beaujolais bottles during dinner. Light enough to pair with chicken (or turkey!), a structured Beaujolais with lush, spicy fruit, like the 2009 Potel-Aviron Vieilles Vignes Moulin-à-Vent, can stand up to earthy, smoky flavors in this Fried Chicken Liver, Bacon and Tomato Salad with Ranch Dressing from Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook of Animal Restaurant in Los Angeles.

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Roast Chicken a la Grant Achatz

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Chicken Dance spotlights a fantastic Food & Wine chicken recipe every day.

Grant Achatz's Roast Chicken.

© John Kernick
Grant Achatz's Roast Chicken.

Chicago's 2012 Michelin Guide officially dropped today, leaving Alinea's Grant Achatz as the city's sole chef to hold a coveted three stars. While Achatz prepares mind-bogglingly creative tasting menus at his flagship, he is like his mentor Thomas Keller when it comes to comfort food. Achatz especially loves roast chicken, and Food & Wine has his recipe: In addition to rubbing a garlicky herb butter under the skin, he stuffs his roast chicken with more garlic, herbs and lemon.

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Keep “Aliens” Out of Your Fridge by Making Antipasto Chicken Salad

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Chicken Dance spotlights a fantastic Food & Wine chicken recipe every day.

Antipasto Chicken Salad

© Con Poulos
Antipasto Chicken Salad

A woman in Russia has been keeping what she believes to be a small, deceased alien in her refrigerator for the past two years, according to the Daily Mail. Though no one seems to have tested the bizarre formation, Gizmodo hypothesizes that the "alien" is probably just an old, rotting vegetable. To protect your own kitchen from unidentified refrigerated objects, take a moment to honor National Clean Out Your Fridge Day today. Any leftover chicken, vegetables, salami and cheese can be thrown together to make this supersimple and delicious Antipasto Chicken Salad.

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Plus: F&W's Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide

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Bulgogi-Style Chicken Inspired by “The Simpsons”

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Bulgogi-Style Chicken

© Kana Okada
Bulgogi-Style Chicken

This past Sunday, The Simpsons took on foodies. From Julia Child to the Swedish Chef, few culinary icons were safe from animated parody. If you missed it, Eater has a recap that includes video of the show's food-centric rap written by comedians Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Among the verse highlights: "Rolling into K-Town for beepin' boppin' bulgogi/The hotties I chill with are Sriracha and kimchi." We recommend that you roll with those aforementioned "hotties" tonight: This healthy recipe for Ginger-Marinated Bulgogi-Style Chicken goes great served with both.

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Plus: F&W's Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide

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