Roasted Chicken With Warm Winter Greens Salad

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READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by By The Lake

In this simple, satisfying recipe, a warm vinaigrette made of pan drippings and sherry vinegar provides the bridge between the golden-brown roasted bird and the Dolcetto. Sweet yet tangy dried cranberries and toasted walnuts build on that bridge in the accompanying salad, echoing the wine’s fruit and toasty flavors. To ensure the chicken cooks evenly, the bird is turned several times during roasting. Williams-Sonoma

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Pull off the fat from around the chicken’s cavity and coarsely chop the fat. In a small saucepan over low heat, cook the fat until rendered, about 15 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve; you should have about 1 1/2 Tbs. Let the chicken and fat stand at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Preheat an oven to 350°F.
  3. Place the bread cubes in a bowl, drizzle with the 2 Tbs. olive oil and stir to coat. Spread the bread cubes on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast in the oven, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 15 minutes. Let cool.
  4. Increase the oven temperature to 425°F Place a V-shaped roasting rack in a flameproof roasting pan and lightly oil the rack. Rub the rendered fat all over the exterior of the chicken. Season the chicken inside and out with the 2 teaspoons salt and the 1/2 teaspoons pepper. Place the chicken on its side on the roasting rack and roast for 20 minutes. Turn the chicken on its other side and roast for 20 minutes more. Turn the chicken on its back and roast until golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast meat registers 160°F, about 40 minutes. Tilt the chicken so any juice in the cavity flows into the pan. Transfer the chicken to a carving board, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, to make the vinaigrette, pour off all but 2 Tbs. of the drippings from the roasting pan. Place the pan on the stovetop over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic and cook, stirring often, until the shallot has softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the broth, vinegar and walnut oil. Bring to a boil over high heat, scraping up the browned bits from the pan bottom. Remove from the heat. Adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper.
  6. In a large bowl, combine the salad greens, bread cubes, walnuts and dried cranberries. Add the warm vinaigrette and toss to coat. Divide the salad among warmed dinner plates. Cut the chicken into quarters and place a chicken quarter on top of each salad. Serve immediately.

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