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Fiber-Rich Lentils and Chicken Sausage

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Lentils with Chicken Sausage

© Tina Rupp / Lentils with Chicken Sausage

All semester long, NYU professor and James Beard Award-winning nutritionist Marion Nestle is answering questions for the university's student-run paper, Washington Square News. Today she tackles fiber. According to Nestle, the benefits of fruits, vegetables and whole grains trump supplements and most Americans “get less than half the fiber you need.” This recipe for Lentils with Chicken Sausage is a healthy take on British bangers and mash, with legumes in place of mashed potatoes for a fast weeknight way to add nine grams of fiber to your daily intake.

Related: Fantastic Lentil Dishes
Great Sausage Recipes
Tasty British Dishes

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UCLA’s Science & Food Class

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Brown Butter Chicken Jus

© Michael Turek / Brown Butter Chicken Jus

Following the example set by Harvard University's Science & Cooking course, UCLA is now offering a class called Science & Food: The Physical and Molecular Origins of What We Eat. This semester, 50 lucky foodie co-eds will learn from Los Angeles chefs like Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal (F&W Best New Chefs 2009) and Umami Burger’s Adam Fleischman, and tickets have already sold out for four public lectures with globally recognized guest speakers like Noma’s René Redzepi. For those who can't get up-close with the culinary stars, there's a hands-on lesson to be learned from Redzepi's recipe for Brown Butter Chicken Jus with Citrus and Greens. The innovative salad calls for a richly flavored chicken sauce, an example of how the chef creates satisfying dishes while using meat sparingly at his Copenhagen restaurant.

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F&W's Best New Chefs 2011

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Easy Chicken-Meatball Yakitori

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Chicken-Meatball Yakitori

© Fredrika Stjärne / Chicken-Meatball Yakitori

New York City mayor, Mike Bloomberg, held an annual team-building event last week at the Institute of Culinary Education, where City Hall bureaucrats cooked and ate a three-course meal, and police commissioner Raymond W. Kelly talked about his fantastic meatballs. On a tip from witnesses, the New York Times followed up and printed the Irishman's recipe, which includes sautéed onions and only the vague instructions to "Summon your inner Italian.” For something a bit easier to follow, we suggest you channel your inner izakaya chef for these grilled Chicken-Meatball Yakitori from the April issue. With three clearly written steps and just 30 minutes of cooking time, they make great party snacks too.

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Delicious Japanese Dishes
Terrific Meatballs

Test Kitchen Tease

Baby Lettuces for Spring

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Baby Lettuce Salad

Justin Chapple


This week, F&W’s Test Kitchen welcomed spring with a baby lettuce salad combining tender young leaves like romaine, arugula, mizuna and escarole—each of which offered a unique texture and flavor. What made this dish especially interesting?

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Forager-Friendly Chicken Salad

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Spinach Salad with Chicken

© David Malosh / Spinach Salad with Chicken

Seattle is building a food forest, a seven-acre urban park that will be a forager’s dream, with blueberry bushes, wild herbs, walnut trees, apple trees, and somehow even tropical fruits like pineapples, yuzu and guava. Access will be free for everyone, which has left some Seattlites concerned about greedy harvesters.“People worried, ‘What if someone comes and takes all the blueberries?’” Margarett Harrison, the lead landscape architect of the Beacon Food Forest project, told TakePart. “That could very well happen, but maybe someone needed those blueberries. We look at it this way—if we have none at the end of blueberry season, then it means we’re successful.”

This Spinach Salad with Smoked Chicken, Apple, Walnuts, and Bacon is the perfect quick dish for future Seattle foragers, who will be able to pick fresh apples and walnuts after the first phase is completed next spring. For now, it’s equally delicious with store-bought produce.

Related: More Salads with Chicken
Quick Chicken Recipes
Fantastic Salads

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Paul Bocuse’s Chicken in Vinegar Sauce

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Chicken in Vinegar Sauce

© Tina Rupp / Chicken in Vinegar

Yesterday, 20 talented young chefs gathered in Brussels to compete in the European leg of the Bocuse d’Or, often referred to as the Olympics of Cooking. Each chef was given five hours and 35 minutes to prepare two dishes: sole with shrimp and a poultry dish. Today, the judges will announce the 12 teams that will be advancing into the international competition, which will be held in Lyon, France, from January 29-30, 2013 (US finalist Richard Rosendale was chosen in January). The prestigious competition was named for and founded by master French chef Paul Bocuse, whose recipe for Chicken in Vinegar Sauce, a lighter version of the classically buttery French dish, is ready in just 40 minutes.

Pairing: Fast French Dishes
Recipes from the French Masters
Star Chefs' Recipes

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Celebrate Spring with Spring Chickens

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Spice-Rubbed Poussins

© P-A Jorgensen / Spice-Rubbed Poussins

As of today, spring has officially sprung. There are, of course, amazing vegetables and fruits appearing in farmers' markets, but another seasonal specialty to look for is spring chicken, a.k.a. poussin. These small chickens are incredibly juicy and tender, especially when marinated in a savory mix of shallot, thyme, curry, ginger and other spices, as Fabienne Escoffier does in her recipe for Spice-Rubbed Poussins. Serve with a seasonal side dish from F&W’s spring produce guide.

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Quick-Roasted Chicken for National Poultry Day

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Quick-Roasted Chicken

© Lucy Schaeffer / Quick-Roast Chicken

Today is National Poultry Day! Celebrate by learning how to perfectly prep a chicken. In a series of videos, master chef Jacques Pépin demonstrates the essential techniques for butterflying, chopping, trussing and carving. Another fantastic technique from Pépin: splitting the chicken and cutting between the leg andshoulder joints to cut cooking time in half. Try it tonight with his Quick-Roasted Chicken with Mustard and Garlic, ready in just one hour.

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Cooking Techniques to Perfect

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Learning to Love Cilantro

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Lemongrass-Cilantro Chicken

© Petrina Tinslay / Lemongrass-Cilantro Chicken

More than any other herb, cilantro is polarizing. In a moving coming-of-age-essay on Gilt Taste, food writer Mei Chin chronicles her relationship with the love-it-or-hate-it-herb, beginning with childhood loathing and concluding with a ravenous obsession with its pungent leaves. “Suddenly, one morning, I awoke longing to cram fistfuls of the stuff, fresh, into my mouth,” Chin writes. For those who wish to experiment in smaller doses, this Lemongrass-Cilantro Chicken with Honey Dipping Sauce incorporates cilantro in an overnight marinade that is equally fantastic on fish or pork.

Related: Great Cilantro Recipes
More Grilled Chicken Recipes
Cooking with Herbs

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David Bouley’s Pot-Roasted Chicken

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Pot-Roasted Chicken

© John Kernick / Pot-Roasted Chicken

From March 19th to 25th, a handful of New York restaurants will offer healthy three-course lunch and dinner menus from $25 to $75 as part of Wellness Week 2012. A highlight of the promotion, David Bouley’s luxurious Tribeca flagship Bouley will serve lunch for $55 ($45 if you go vegetarian). Bouley is no stranger to creating flavor without adding too much fat. For his Pot-Roasted Chicken with Mushrooms, he cooks the chicken on aromatic hay in a pot sealed with pizza dough to keep it juicy. Rather than venture out for hay bales, home cooks can use dried chamomile flowers from tea bags for a similar effect.

Related: More Roast Chicken Recipes
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Healthy Chicken Recipes

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