Skillet-Roasted Carrots with Za'atar Bread Crumbs and Cilantro

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Skillet-Roasted Carrots with Za'atar Bread Crumbs and Cilantro

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

For roasted carrots in a third of the time, we moved the process to a covered skillet on the stovetop, where we steamed the carrots for about 8 minutes before searing them. Steaming softened the carrots, which was important for two reasons:... Read More

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BEFORE YOU BEGIN

We prefer large carrots from the bulk bin for this recipe. After cutting the carrots crosswise, quarter lengthwise any pieces that are larger than 1½ inches in diameter and halve lengthwise any pieces that are ¾ to 1½ inches in diameter. Leave whole any carrots that are narrower than ¾ inch.

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INSTRUCTIONS

Combine panko, za'atar, 2 teaspoons oil, and ⅛ teaspoon salt in 12-inch nonstick skillet. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until panko is fragrant and crisp. Transfer to small bowl and let cool completely, about 10 minutes. Wipe skillet clean with paper towels.

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Mix water and remaining ½ teaspoon salt in now-empty skillet until salt is dissolved. Place carrots in skillet, arranging as many carrots flat side down as possible (carrots will not fit in single layer). Drizzle remaining 2 tablespoons oil over carrots. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Cover and cook, without moving carrots, until carrots are crisp-tender and water has almost evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes.

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Uncover and gently shake skillet until carrots settle into even layer. Continue to cook, not moving carrots but occasionally pressing them gently against skillet with spatula, until undersides of carrots are deeply browned, 3 to 5 minutes longer. Stir carrots and flip pale side down. Cook until second side is lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Transfer to serving dish. Stir cilantro into panko mixture. Sprinkle carrots with panko mixture and serve.

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JOHN C.
16 days

Absolutely the best chicken ever, even the breast meat was moist! It's the only way I'll cook a whole chicken again. Simple, easy, quick, no mess - perfect every time. I've used both stainless steel and cast iron pans. great and easy technique for “roasted” chicken. I will say there were no pan juices, just fat in the skillet. Will add to the recipe rotation. Good for family and company dinners too. I've done this using a rimmed sheet pan instead of a skillet and put veggies and potatoes around the chicken for a one-pan meal. Broccoli gets nicely browned and yummy!

Absolutely the best chicken ever, even the breast meat was moist! It's the only way I'll cook a whole chicken again. Simple, easy, quick, no mess - perfect every time. I've used both stainless steel and cast iron pans. great and easy technique for “roasted” chicken. I will say there were no pan juices, just fat in the skillet. Will add to the recipe rotation. Good for family and company dinners too.

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MILES D.
JOHN C.
9 days

Amazed this recipe works out as well as it does. Would not have thought that the amount of time under the broiler would have produced a very juicy and favorable chicken with a very crispy crust. Used my 12" Lodge Cast Iron skillet (which can withstand 1000 degree temps to respond to those who wondered if it would work) and it turned out great. A "make again" as my family rates things. This is a great recipe, and I will definitely make it again. My butcher gladly butterflied the chicken for me, therefore I found it to be a fast and easy prep. I used my cast iron skillet- marvellous!

CM
CHARLES M.
11 days

John, wasn't it just amazing chicken? So much better than your typical oven baked chicken and on par if not better than gas or even charcoal grilled. It gets that smokey charcoal tasted and overnight koshering definitely helps, something I do when time permits. First-time I've pierced a whole chicken minus the times I make jerk chicken on the grill. Yup, the cast iron was not an issue.