Jonathan Waxman has been famous for roast chicken since the 1980s. His latest recipe—the wood-oven-roasted JW chicken—achieves poultry greatness through a simple technique: “We baste the hell out of it,” he says. barbutonyc.com.
In this Chicken Nation, here are the best restaurant dishes, including a classic wood-oven-roasted chicken, Vietnamese-inspired wings and spicy fried thighs.—Caroline Hatano, Chelsea Morse and M.E. Sheldon