How to Get a Roast Chicken on the Table in 30 Minutes

July 16, 2015

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It's 4 P.M. and you're daydreaming of dinner—you would kill for a simple roast chicken and a cool glass of white wine. Yes, you decide, that's what I'll have for dinner tonight. But as 8 P.M. rolls around and you haven't even fired up the oven, your high hopes of a golden roast get replaced by less time-consuming alternatives, like another bowl of pasta with leftover pesto—but they don't have to. Not only does this roast chicken take a quarter of the time of a traditional roast, but it only uses one pan so you'll have less to clean afterwards. The trick to the quicker chicken is two-fold: First, ask your butcher to cut it into 8 parts for you for faster cooking; second, pan-fry it over the stove top for crispy skin so you only have to bake it for 15 minutes. So help yourself to that bottle of wine—just save some for the chicken.

Super-Quick Roast Chicken with Garlic and White Wine Gravy

Serves 4

One 3 1/3 pound whole free-range, skin-on chicken, cut into eight pieces and backbone removed
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 garlic bulb, halved
8 sprigs fresh thyme, divided
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup white wine, divided
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

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zoumonkie September 7, 2015
There is no reason not to buy roasted chicken at Sam's
Sandy B. July 19, 2015
I often buy a whole chicken, butterfly it and put it on the grill, skin side up. It cooks in 40-45 minutes. Is crisp, golden and so easy. Granted, it takes an additional 15 minutes, but there is no clean up!
ChefJune July 16, 2015
Braising will never yield "crispy" anything. Braising is long, slow cooking with moisture. Not sure what you meant to say here.
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Leslie S. July 16, 2015
You're absolutely right! Braising is to pan-fry something then cook it in liquid—and while this recipe is a braise, I meant to write "pan-fry" there. I've edited it to reflect this correct phrase!