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As a defiant response to Sad Desk Lunches, the Food52 team works to keep our midday meals both interesting and pretty. Each week, in partnership with Earthbound Farm, we'll be sharing our happiest desk lunches -- and we want to see yours, too.

Today: Food52's Assistant Editor Kenzi Wilbur explains how roasting a chicken at the beginning of the week will save your work lunches.

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Roasting a chicken at the beginning of the week is one of my favorite things to do. It's one of the most practical ways to spend a Sunday afternoon (leftovers galore! soup! stock from the bones!), but that's not why I do it. (My socks don't match. I often fail to make my bed.) 

More: Here's our preferred way to roast a chicken.

I do it because it feeds into my pioneer-like, old-fashioned fantasy of self-sustainability. Roasting off a chicken is like making your own bread, in that way -- it feels a little primal, a little olden-days, a lot living off the land

If you're wondering, yes I went to Sturbridge Village camp

Make your first meal roast chicken and this farro risotto. The life of your roasted bird should proceed as follows: leftovers for lunch the next day, then salad, then soup -- all of which you can pack up and take with you to work. See how self-sustaining you are? 


We're partnering with Earthbound Farm to bring you always fresh, never sad lunch ideas. Because dinner shouldn't be the only time that you put care into what you're eating.

Tags: not sad desk lunch, lunch, chicken, roasted chicken, farro

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almost 2 years ago Cristina Sciarra

Sturbridge Village! Ah, the memories. I could go for a root beer-flavored old fashioned candy stick right now.


almost 2 years ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Dude. Right?


almost 2 years ago Bascula

I use a dry rub on large frying chickens, then they bake at 250 for 5 hours - perfect every time. Having roasted chicken is like money in the bank! I like to freeze the chopped chicken for future dinners.


almost 2 years ago Greenstuff

Chris is a trusted source on General Cooking

I did that for years, roasting a chicken or two every Monday. Not only saved lunch, it saved a lot of dinners.


almost 2 years ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

So many dinners too! Preach.