Two Roast Chickens with Root Vegetables

Published September 1, 2006.

Why this recipe works:

To fine-tune this classic roast chicken and vegetables recipe, we brined our chicken with abundant garlic and bay leaves, which vastly improved the flavor of the meat. We found a simple way to infuse the vegetables with chicken flavor, not chicken fat: After removing the chicken to rest, we… read more

To fine-tune this classic roast chicken and vegetables recipe, we brined our chicken with abundant garlic and bay leaves, which vastly improved the flavor of the meat. We found a simple way to infuse the vegetables with chicken flavor, not chicken fat: After removing the chicken to rest, we preserved the fond (browned bits) encrusted on the bottom of the roasting pan and held it aside while roasting the veggies in plain vegetable oil. We restored the chicken flavor by adding the fond back for the last 10 minutes of cooking time.

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Serves 4 to 6

You can replace the two chickens with a 6- 8-pound chicken, see related recipe. Begin carving the chicken as soon as the vegetables are placed underneath the broiler. If using medium potatoes (2 to 3 inches in diameter), cut in half. If using large potatoes (3 to 4 inches in diameter), cut into quarters. We prefer a large, traditional (not nonstick) roasting pan for this recipe; if using a nonstick roasting pan, refrain from turning up the oven to broil when cooking the vegetables and stir them every 5 to 7 minutes to ensure they don't become too dark. If your broiler does not accommodate a roasting pan, continue to cook the vegetables at 500 degrees until done. You can substitute the following seasonal vegetables for any of those in the recipe: beets, celery root, fennel, rutabagas, and turnips; peel these vegetables (except for the fennel) and cut them into 2- to 3-inch pieces.

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