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Roast Chicken: 1 Bird, 10 Ways

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I remember, ruefully, an adolescent epiphany realized much too late: that the skin of a roasted chicken is some sort of savory candy. For years, I’d forfeited, unawares, the crunchy exterior, blinded by a flesh-driven tunnel vision that took me straight to a juicy thigh, a tender breast. In no way was I losing out—the meat of a well-roasted roasted chicken is no consolation prize—but in my haste I was misguided. Herein lies the beauty and magic of a roast chicken: there is always a new way to enjoy it, a new part that deserves appreciation.

Taste aside, there’s something quite romantic about a roasted chicken. It’s rustic and refined, equal parts primal and prim; the whimsy of a whole bird in the oven. As a meal a roast chicken is plentiful, it can serve many at once, or one for many days. I like to shred my roast chicken into a creamy salad for sandwiches and afternoon snacks, roast and boil the bones for a caramel-colored stock, and stir strings of meat into a sumptuous tortilla soup.

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Don't be a stranger to the roast chicken this fall. Think about novel combinations of herbs and spices and pastes to take the bird in direction you wish—just don’t forget the crispy bits.

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How do you roast your chicken? Let us know your go-to recipe in the comments.

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