7 Genius Recipes for Cooking the Finest Chicken of your Life

March 20, 2017

Here are seven brilliant, proven, utterly delicious chicken recipes from some of the greatest cookbook authors of the last 50 years—how about that?

So next time I dare you to trust me and try something a little weird—sunflower seed risotto, or burnt toast soup, perhaps—I want you remember this moment.

(But also: Send me your genius chicken tips, because you're not the only ones who love it.)

Got a genius recipe to share—from a classic cookbook, an online source, or anywhere, really? Please send it my way (and tell me what's so smart about it) at [email protected].

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This article originally appeared on March 16th, 2016—it's being re-run today.

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EdieBSure March 22, 2017
You are absolutely missing one of the best genius chicken recipes if not the best - Judy Hesser's Oven Fried Chicken. I tell everyone about this. Every time my husband asks - why didn't you make more?
Chocolate B. March 21, 2017
What mouth-watering pictures and recipes. All the same, I can't imagine giving up Judy Rodgers' roast chicken with bread salad for any other roast chicken recipe.
ChefJune March 21, 2017
This is such a lovely article. However I find it impossible to compare roast chicken with fried chicken with barbecued chicken. They are very different from each other.<br />When my book was published (quite a few years ago now) I was interviewed on the radio and the interviewer called attention to this recipe, She surprised me with the news that she had made this chicken recipe for her family the night before, and they had declared that it was even better than Julia Child's! Very flattered, but it does show you don't have to be "famous" to write a really great recipe. Try my Perfect Roast Chicken!
Sana S. January 13, 2017
wow i really like the recipe of butter milk fried chicken it was really a good a upgrade to broast chicken ! but similar to that i have maked my own recipe you should try it to it was good with a unique taste of spicy red sauce in it and you can to make this sauce with cheddar cheese also its will make you feel like your in heaven !
Sana S. January 13, 2017
and try this recipe as well i have tried it and i filled it with spicy red chili cheddar sauce it was out of this world !
Lisa E. March 21, 2016
Chicken in Milk was so delicious! Used cream instead of milk as well and this is a wonderful addition to my rotation of poultry
HDeffenbaugh March 21, 2016
These are great options! The chicken gratin looks fantastic and a great dish to host some dinner guests with. I may try this out for an Easter dinner I have coming up. There will be kids and adults and this seems like an elevated dish that will still appease to the mouths of 7 year olds.
Transcendancing March 20, 2016
I love a bunch of these - the Buttermilk Fried Chicken was what convinced me brining was awesome, Chicken in Milk was so mouthwateringly tender, and the Chicken Gratin was one of the most decadent feasts I did last year and I've been thinking about it ever since (time for a repeat now that the cooler weather is on its way!) I'm looking forward to trying the Chicken with Lemon, the Perfect Roast Chicken, and the Alabama BBQ sauce too :)
Judith R. March 20, 2016
My two go-to chicken recipes are:<br />Chicken thighs with bone and skin, rubbed with a mixture of Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce, covered with panko, roasted at 375 degrees until done<br />Spatchcocked chicken, rubbed with a mixture of olive oil, salt, and red pepper flakes, roasted at 375 degrees until done
Victoria C. March 16, 2016
Barbara Kafka wrote a book called Food for Friends, which is, sadly, out of print. For me it is a real classic. It sits on a shelf in my kitchen with my favs. Jamie Oliver's Chicken in Milk is delicious. The last time I made it, I used a pint of heavy cream instead of milk, and that will be my go-to way to make it from now on. The cream didn't curdle, and it was absolutely, hauntingly delicious!
Transcendancing March 20, 2016
Ooh, I shall have to try it with the cream I think :)
Isabelle J. March 16, 2016
Oliver's milk chicken IS delicious. But otherwise I think my go-to is still Amanda H's spatchcock chicken as taught to me by Mrs.Wheelbarrow.
702551 March 16, 2016
A year ago, the Detroit News pitted three classic roast chicken recipes against each other to determine the best amongst the three: Julia Child, Thomas Keller, and Judy Rodgers.<br /><br /><br /><br />The winner? Judy Rodgers' (Zuni Cafe) version.<br /><br />I think her bread salad is almost as important as the bird itself.