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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.

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Surprise Avocados Make an Appearance

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Spicy Chicken, Avocado and Mango Salad

© Tina Rupp / Chicken Salad

During a recent visit to the Pasadena, California, farmers’ market, LA Weekly’s Felicia Friesema discovered a new, thin-skinned and supercreamy avocado. Aptly named the Surprise, this dark black fruit—a cross between the Hass and Zutano varieties—can be eaten whole, save for the small, marble-size pit. The rich, silky-smooth avocado's season is almost over, but its popularity should mean that more Surprises will turn up in markets next February. Whether you track down a Surprise or just have a perfectly ripe Hass on hand, this Spicy Chicken, Avocado and Mango Salad drizzled with a citrusy chile-lime dressing makes for a fast, tropical lunch or a light dinner.

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Chicken Tinga Tacos for SXSW

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Chicken Tinga Tacos

© David Malosh / Chicken Tinga

Aside from the media events, music and parties, one of the major highlights of the SXSW festival happening in Austin right now is the tacos. Today at 2 p.m. CST, regional chain Torchy’s Tacos is holding an eating contest with a notable man to beat, local competitive eater Hungry Todd Rungy. The winner must be the fastest to devour two massive Ace of Spades tacos—each one an eight-inch flour tortilla filled with jalapeño sausage, smoked brisket, a fried egg, cheese, green chili queso, cilantro, queso fresco, sour cream and hot sauce. In the spirit of the event, but much more manageable, these Chicken Tinga Tacos are braised in a smoky Mexican tomato sauce that requires only a few ingredients, including canned tomatoes and chipotles in adobo.

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Jean Georges Plans Springtime Renovations

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Sesame Chicken Salad

© Frances Janisch / Sesame Chicken Salad

Legendary chef and amateur blogger Jean-Georges Vongerichten slipped some big news into a recent post about staff changes. This spring, he plans to renovate both his grand New York flagship on Central Park, Jean Georges, and the more casual Nougatine. Perfectionist chefs often tweak things that already seem fantastic: In JGV's recipe for Sesame Chicken Salad with Ginger-Lime Dressing, he substitutes juicy pan-roasted chicken breasts for the raw bluefin tuna that's served in a similar dish at the restaurant, resulting in a healthy, filling main course for the home cook.

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Fast and Flavorful Miso-Ginger Chicken

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Ginger-Miso Chicken and Cabbage

© Kana Okada / Ginger-Miso Chicken

If you could bring either Parmesan cheese or miso with you to a desert island, which would you choose? New York Times columnist Mark Bittman makes a case for miso. The umami-packed ingredient is incredibly versatile. “You can dry it and turn it into a condiment (which happens to be reminiscent of Parmesan); you can use it to create a fantastic compound butter (David Chang of Momofuku showed me this five years ago); or you can stir it into mayonnaise, which is consciousness-expanding,” marvels Bittman. You can also add it to chicken. F&W’s Marcia Kiesel mixes light miso paste with garlic, sesame oil and stock to make an addictively good sauce for her Miso-Ginger Chicken and Cabbage. The healthy, deeply flavorful stir-fry comes together in just 25 minutes.

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Cranberry Surplus Calls for Roast Chicken with Chutney

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Roast Chicken with Chutney

© Melanie Acevedo / Roast Chicken

A recent cranberry surplus has resulted in plummeting prices, reports the Boston Business Journal. To stabilize costs and aid cranberry farmers, members of congress are asking the US Department of Agriculture to buy the extra berries, but you can also show support for the growers. While cooked cranberries areoften associated with holiday foods, their sweet-tart taste is delicious in this weeknight-friendly recipe for Roast Chicken with Cranberry-Apple-Raisin Chutney. Leftover chutney is a zesty addition to any chicken, turkey or ham sandwich.

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The Many Joys of Slow-Cooking

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Thai Chicken Stew

© Christina Holmes / Thai Chicken Stew

Today in NPR’s Kitchen Window series, food writer Michele Kayal describes how wonderful it can be to come home to a warm, fragrant kitchen where a slow cooker has been working all day. Her ode to the versatile kitchen appliance includes a brief history of slow-cooking in other cultures, from Hawaii’s underground ovens, known as imus, to Moroccan tagines. An all-American slow cooker works beautifully for ethnic dishes as well, like this Thai-Inspired Chicken Stew, which develops a richly complex curry flavor despite only 20 minutes of active cooking.

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Chicken Tagine for National Frozen Food Day

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Chicken Tagine

© Tina Rupp / Chicken Tagine

Thanks to fur-trapper-turned-food-innovator Clarence Birdseye, frozen foods went on sale 82 years ago today in Springfield, MA. While fresh-from-the-garden fruits and vegetables are ideal, frozen produce is a good way to eat balanced meals year-round. Get a jump on spring with Joël Robuchon’s Chicken Tagine, a healthy Moroccan stew that calls for both frozen peas and artichoke hearts.

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Andrew Zimmern's Political Aspirations

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Asopao with Chicken and Shrimp

© Stephanie Meyer / Asopao

 In a recent interview with Eater, the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods host and F&W contributing editor, Andrew Zimmern, said he hopes to transition into politics for the next phase of his career. Zimmern cites his “globalist perspective” as an asset for a future campaign, but world travels have also greatly influenced his fantastic recipes for our series Andrew Zimmern’s Kitchen Adventures, like this Trini-style Asopao with Chicken and Shrimp. The “stewy rice casserole” makes a delicious and multicultural one-pan family dinner. Zimmern's fans shouldn't hold their breath for his political coup just yet. The TV chef isn't quite ready to make moves. “The show has never been more popular, and I have many years ahead of me in my active media life,” he told Eater.

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Get Smarter with Rosemary Chicken Breasts

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Rosemary won’t just make your food more delicious—it might also make you more intelligent. A recent study from the University of Northumbria, UK, found that the oils responsible for rosemary’s intense scent improve mental speed and accuracy. Improve your cognition with a superfast, one-pan dinner of Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Fennel and Rosemary.

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