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In this supersimple dish from Justin Chapple, chicken legs roast on top of torn pieces of bread that absorb the rich and tangy juices, becoming deliciously crisp and chewy.

"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.

F&W’s Kay Chun rubs an Asian-spiced butter under chicken skin before roasting to create an incredibly juicy and delicious bird.

“I’m crazy for chicken,” Piero Incisa della Rocchetta says. “I regularly eat a whole one by myself.” Inspired by beautifully browned Peking duck, he brushes chickens with a mixture of soy sauce and honey.

Chicken quarters roasted with golden squash and sage are nice for a chilly autumn evening. To help the squash to brown evenly, be sure to spoon off the fat from the roasting pan after removing the breasts. This is a case where less is more: A thin layer of fat will brown the vegetable better than a quarter-inch of it.

Try pairing this roasted chicken with an aromatic Riesling.

This six-pound bird yields a lot of meat. But if you want even more, get a capon (a castrated rooster). They’re quite huge: nine to 11 pounds. (You’ll have to increase the amount of ingredients relative to the size of the bird, which will also take longer to cook.)

This roast chicken gets a kick from ancho chili powder and a jalapeño brine.

Grant Achatz’s favorite comfort food is a simple roasted chicken. To give the bird extra flavor, he rubs garlicky butter under the breast skin and packs the cavity with more garlic, plus thyme sprigs and lemon quarters. After the chicken is cooked, he uses the juices to make an intensely flavored sauce that’s delicious with the bird.

This is a fantastic roast chicken, but the real star in the recipe is the olive bread, which gets spread in the roasting pan and toasted in the chicken pan juices. The bread turns custardy on the inside and crunchy on the outside.

Here’s something to do with leftover roasted chicken—a Middle Eastern sandwich chock-full of spicy lentils, bulgur, lettuce, tomato and tahini sauce. Two pockets per person is enough to make a meal. If you like, serve extra Tabasco sauce at the table. You can find tahini (sesame-seed paste) in most supermarkets.

“Brining isn’t imperative,” says Michael Chiarello, “but it adds juiciness.” Before roasting, he rubs the brined birds with a spice mix and brushes them with butter; the flavors are even better at room temperature, making this a stellar picnic dish.

Kevin O’Connor roasts chicken with white wine, whole garlic cloves and plenty of herbs; then he takes some of the fragrant juices left in the pan and mixes them into sautéed morel mushrooms and a lush vinaigrette for watercress.

“This recipe looks like a doozy, but it really delivers,” says Andrea Reusing. “The chickens are just so reliably juicy, even when they’re cooked longer than they should be.” Smoking the birds quickly over anise-scented tea makes them wonderfully fragrant. If you prefer to cook one chicken instead of two, smoke it in a wok or a pot rather than a roasting pan.

Salt and pepper chicken wings have a crisp, spicy coating, and the recipe combines black and white pepper for an even more powerful flavor.

Julia Child seasoned this roast chicken inside and out by packing sautéed vegetables, lemon slices and fresh herbs into the cavity, then rubbing the skin with butter. In typical French fashion, she trussed the bird to promote even cooking.

As an accompaniment to her exceptionally crisp-skinned chicken, Marcia Kiesel roasts tomatoes until they’re tender and sweet. She cleverly uses some of the tomatoes to enrich the savory jus.

Chilaquiles is a baked Mexican dish that’s often made with leftover shredded chicken, tortilla strips and cheese. In her more substantial and refined version, Grace Parisi bakes whole chicken legs with tomatoes, hominy, jalapeños and tortilla chips.

This one-skillet recipe is based on a dish Cathal Armstrong’s father, Gerry, made when Armstrong was growing up in Dublin, with a big difference. “We only got fresh corn for our birthdays. Otherwise it was frozen.”

A dosa is an Indian-style crepe that's crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

Oaxaca is famous for its complex mole sauces, often made with more than 20 ingredients, like unsweetened chocolate, seeds and chiles. Since moles are so time-consuming to make, most Mexican cooks rely on the prepared pastes sold at the outdoor markets, and Alejando Ruíz Olmedo is no exception. Instead of stewing chicken in the mole, he takes a more elegant approach: He roasts chicken breasts until the skin is crisp and serves the mole alongside.

This easy main-course chicken dish is elegant enough for both entertaining and a simple weeknight dinner.

This crisp-skinned, juicy chicken is rubbed with a fennel-lemon mixture before roasting and served with smoky piri piri and spicy, herb-flecked wasakaka sauces.

Yes, three heads of garlic. You don't have to peel the cloves first. They soften during cooking and take on a subtle sweetness. Each person squeezes the garlic out of its skin onto the plate to eat with the chicken.

Thyme, rosemary and cayenne flavor Andrew Zimmern’s chicken before and during roasting. By roasting pieces rather than a whole bird, no carving is necessary.

This homey bread salad smartly includes seared chicken livers and wing meat, which bring all the flavors of the dish together.

The key to this simple extra-crispy, tasty chicken is compound butter that's rubbed all over the bird before roasting.

Sprinkled with cardamom, roasted until crisp, and topped with an apple-flavored sauce, chicken legs become extraordinary. The chicken is perfectly matched by the raisin-studded rice pilaf that's also flavored with cardamom.

Wylie Dufresne serves his delicious crisp-skinned chicken with a simple, flavorful tomato-tapioca porridge.


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