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Pan-Raosted Chicken with Fennel, Parsnips & Scallions


One of the most romantic meals I can think of is a pan-roasted chicken for two. Simple, elegant, and delicious. Buy the highest quality chicken you can afford.

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  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 3 1/2 to 4 pound chicken
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 fennel bulb, sliced lengthwise 1/2-inch thick
  • 2 large parsnips, peeled, sliced 1/2-inch thick on the diagonal
  • 1 bunch scallions
  • 3 wide strips lemon zest
  • Lemon wedges (for serving)


Servings 6
Cooking time 60mins
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Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°F. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high. Season chicken inside and out with salt and pepper and cook, breast side down, until a beautiful golden brown. Use tongs to gently rotate chicken, being careful not to tear skin, and brown on all sides, 12–15 minutes total; transfer to a plate. Reserve skillet.

Toss fennel, parsnips, scallions, and lemon zest in skillet with remaining 2 tablespoons oil; season with salt and pepper. Place chicken, breast side up, on top of vegetables. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of chicken thigh registers 165°, 35–40 minutes. (You can also check doneness by cutting into thigh meat right at the joint. If the juices run clear, the bird is ready.) Transfer chicken to a cutting board and let rest at least 10 minutes before carving.

Serve chicken and vegetables with pan juices for spooning over and lemon wedges.

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