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Roasted Quartered Chicken with Herb Sauce

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When the bird is hot from the oven, its toasty skin melds with the savory herb sauce for the most intense flavor. This recipe is one of our Better Basics: 10 New Takes on Family Favorites, see the others.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: Ryan Liebe

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken (about 4 pounds), quartered and backbone removed, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic (from 1 small clove)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Rub chicken with 1 tablespoon oil; season with salt and pepper. Arrange, skin-side up, on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until golden and a thermometer inserted into thickest part of breast (without touching bone) registers 160 degrees, about 30 minutes.

  2. Transfer chicken to a plate. Pour off and discard fat from baking sheet; return chicken to sheet. Whisk together remaining 1/4 cup oil, vinegar, parsley, garlic, and pepper flakes in a bowl. Season with salt. Spoon sauce over chicken and let stand 10 minutes before serving with accumulated pan juices and sauce.

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