Butcher Shop Chicken

© Fredrika Stjärne

Butcher Shop Chicken

  • ACTIVE: 25 MIN

"I go to great lengths to figure out how many meals I can make from one chicken!" chef John Besh says. After roasting a chicken for Sunday supper, Besh pulls any remaining meat off of the bones to serve on another night with a warm tomato salad. Alternatively, you can start with uncooked quartered chicken, as we do here, and prepare the tomatoes as the chicken roasts.


  1. 2 shallots, chopped

  2. 1 carrot, chopped

  3. 1 celery rib, chopped

  4. 2 bone-in chicken breast halves, with skin

  5. 2 whole chicken legs

  6. 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  7. Kosher salt

  8. Black pepper

  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped rosemary leaves

  10. 1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme leaves

  11. 3 tablespoons finely chopped basil leaves

  12. 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced

  13. 2 pints grape tomatoes, halved

  14. 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  15. 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°. In a small roasting pan, scatter the shallots, carrot and celery in an even layer.
  2. Rub the chicken with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, then generously season with salt and black pepper. Arrange the chicken skin side up on top of the vegetables in the pan. Sprinkle the rosemary, thyme and 1 tablespoon of the basil over the chicken.
  3. Roast for 35 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in an inner thigh registers 165°. The skin should be golden brown and the juices should run clear.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil over moderately high heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 45 seconds, until golden brown. Add the tomatoes, red pepper and vinegar; season with salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the tomatoes are softened, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl, stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of basil and season with salt and pepper. Serve the tomatoes with the roast chicken.