Roast Chicken

Poblano Pimento Cheese-Roasted Chicken
Photo: Con Poulos

Roast chicken is a great dish for easy weekday dinners. Preparing is as simple as adding in some herbs and roasting in the oven. Here are a collection of our favorite roasted chicken dishes. These incredible recipes include Julia Child's favorite roast chicken and juicy honey-and-lemon-glazed roast chicken.

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Buttermilk-Brined Roast Chicken

Buttermilk-Brined Roast Chicken
David Cicconi

Chefs Evan and Sarah Rich of RT Rotisserie in San Francisco make the very best chicken. They use a buttermilk brine that includes umami powder, garlic and Douglas fir—a signature ingredient from their flagship restaurant, Rich Table, that they forage themselves. In this adaptation, the chicken is roasted in the oven, and the brine is made with buttermilk, dried porcini, garlic and rosemary, though if you have access to Douglas fir sprigs, feel free to use them.

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Chicken Roasted on Bread with Caperberries and Charred Lemon

Chicken Roasted on Bread with Caperberries and Charred Lemons

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.

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Roast Chicken with Salsa Verde and Roasted Lemons

Roast Chicken with Salsa Verde and Roasted Lemons
CON POULOS

This crisp and juicy roast chicken from star chef Jonathan Waxman of NYC's Jams is perfect with his chunky seven-herb salsa verde.

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Butter-Roasted Chicken with Soy-Garlic Glaze

Butter-Roasted Chicken with Soy-Garlic Glaze

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

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Honey-and-Lemon-Glazed Roast Chicken

Honey-and-Lemon-Glazed Roast Chicken. Photo © Fredrika Stjärne
© Fredrika Stjärne

"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.

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Roast Chicken with Butternut Squash

Roast Chicken with Butternut Squash
© ANDREW PURCELL

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.

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Ginger-Roasted Chicken

Ginger-Roasted Chicken

Try pairing this roasted chicken with an aromatic Riesling.

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Roast Chicken with Tangerines

Roast Chicken with Tangerines

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.)

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Sour-Orange Yucatán Chickens

Sour-Orange Yucatán Chickens
© Con Poulos
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Brined Roast Chicken with Olive Bread Panzanella

Brined Roast Chicken with Olive Bread Panzanella

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.

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Tea-Smoked Roast Chickens

Tea-Smoked Roast Chickens

"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.

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Moroccan Roasted Chicken

Moroccan Roasted Chicken
© Lucy Schaeffer
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Aleppo-Pepper-and-Mint-Roasted Chicken

Aleppo-Pepper-and-Mint-Roasted Chicken.
© Quentin Bacon
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Julia's Favorite Roast Chicken

Julia's Favorite Roast Chicken
CON POULOS

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.

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Chilaquiles-Style Roasted Chicken Legs

Chilaquiles-Style Roasted Chicken Legs

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.

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Pan-Roasted Chicken with Corn Relish

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Corn Relish

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."

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Pan-Roasted Chicken Breasts with Mole Negro

Pan-Roasted Chicken Breasts with Mole Negro
© Maura McEvoy

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.

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Vinegar-Braised Chicken with Leeks and Peas

Vinegar-Braised Chicken with Leeks and Peas
© JONNY VALIANT

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

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Spice-Rubbed Roast Chicken with Two Sauces

Spice-Rubbed Roast Chicken with Two Sauces

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.

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Rustic Garlic Chicken

Rustic Garlic Chicken

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.

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Roast Chicken with Ratatouille

Roast Chicken with Ratatouille

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.

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Crispy Roast Chicken and Shallots with Miso Gravy

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Butter-Roasted Chicken with Cilantro and Mint

Butter-Roasted Chicken with Cilantro and Mint
© John Kernick

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

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Cardamom Chicken with Rice Pilaf

Cardamom Chicken with Rice Pilaf

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.

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Roast Chicken Thighs with Tomato-Tapioca Porridge

Roast Chicken Thighs with Tomato-Tapioca Porridge

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

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Roasted Chicken Legs with Potatoes and Kale

Roasted Chicken Legs with Potatoes and Kale
© TINA RUPP

For this one-pan dish, Grace Parisi roasts chicken legs on a bed of potatoes and kale so the meaty juices keep the vegetables moist.

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Herb-and-Lemon-Roasted Chicken

Herb-and-Lemon-Roasted Chicken
© Antonis Achilleos

This roast chicken is foolproof and fantastic. Plus, it's versatile enough for a weeknight dinner or weekend dinner party.

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Roast Chicken with Bread Salad

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This roast chicken, from chef Judy Rodgers at San Francisco's Zuni Café, is legendary. The reason it's so good is because she insists on small free-range birds (which tend to be juicier than large, lean roasters), a 24-hour salting period to allow the seasoning to penetrate deeply and a high roasting temperature for a supremely crispy skin. The accompanying bread salad is meant to be a bed on which to serve the roast chicken and sop up its delicious juices.

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Quick-Roasted Chicken with Mustard and Garlic

Quick-Roasted Chicken with Mustard and Garlic
© Lucy Schaeffer

For this delicious, mustardy chicken, Jacques Pépin splits the chicken and cuts between the leg and shoulder joints to halve the cooking time.

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Whole Roast Chicken with 40 Brussels Sprouts

Whole Roast Chicken with 40 Brussels Sprouts

When F&W's Kay Chun roasts chicken, she adds brussels sprouts to the roasting pan so they absorb the fantastic flavor of the caraway-infused chicken juices.

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Poblano Pimento Cheese–Roasted Chicken

Poblano Pimento Cheese-Roasted Chicken
Con Poulos

Ashley Christensen, the chef at Poole's in North Carolina, kicks up her pimento cheese with spicy poblanos and green hot sauce. In this brilliant riff, Justin Chapple spreads the creamy dip under the skin of a whole bird before it's roasted to get both crispy skin and juicy meat.

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