Go to the store (the one you pass on your way home! there's always one of those!) and buy 3 ingredients (assuming you already own olive oil, salt, pepper, and a lemon):
8 bone-in chicken thighs
2 bunches of dandelion greens
2 bunches of young carrots
Let's say you can't find dandelion greens: Buy watercress, arugula, or even collard greens instead. Let's say you can only find big honking adult carrots: That's fine—you'll cut them into 3-inch lengths of the same width later.
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Get home. Put down your bags. Take off your shoes. Take five deep breaths, then preheat the oven to 450° F. While you heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a medium-sized, heavy-bottom, oven-safe skillet, season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper.
Put the chicken in the pan, skin-side down, and cook for 5 minutes, until nicely browned. In the meantime, clean and trim the young carrots (or chop up some bigger ones). Transfer the chicken to a holding plate, add the carrots to the hot pan, then place the chicken on top, this time skin-side up. Roast in the oven for about 12 minutes, until chicken is cooked and carrots are tender.
In those 12 minutes, wash and chop the greens. Take the leftover 8 minutes to do a victory dance, pat yourself on the back, etc. Take the skillet out of the oven, transfer the chicken to a plate, and add the greens into the pan with the carrots and chicken fat, squeezing over the juice of a lemon. Toss until hot and wilted, then serve the chicken thighs overtop: a 2-for-the-price-of-1 chicken plus salad dinner. Crusty bread (and a glass of white wine) highly recommended.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).
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