Not Your Ordinary Bird: Classic Roast Chicken and Four Variations Worthy of a Feast

By Tara Swartzendruber-Landis | Last Updated December 15, 2014
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With a little preparation, a roast chicken offers great rewards. Our Classic Roast Chicken and four variations are recipes worthy of a feast—even if it’s a Thursday night.

Whole chickens abound in most meat community-supported agriculture (CSA) subscriptions and are available at your local farmers market. Our recipes will work well on a bird that has lived a good life and may not be as fatty as a typical grocery store bird.

An added bonus: Roasting a whole bird means leftovers! Use meat for making salads or sandwiches or toss the bones in a stockpot and make your own homemade chicken stock.

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