"This chicken is roasted on thick slices of sourdough bread and slathered with a creme fraiche glaze. It looks like a million dollars. When you combine the chicken with that sticky, drippings-soaked bread, you're talking about at least a million-dollar taste." — Chef John
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1 (4.5 pound)
salt and ground black pepper to taste
olive oil, or as needed - divided
3 thick slices
day-old sourdough French bread
peeled and grated shallot
lemon juice, or to taste
chive blossoms for garnish, chopped
Excellent and easily the richest roasted chicken dish I have ever had. What makes this dish is the bread that sits under the roasting chicken. I could eat that alone, but I think I would die from acute gout :) I had no fresh thyme, so I subbed a tablespoon of dry thyme. I could not find Aleppo peppers at my market so I just skipped that entirely. Other than that, made this to a "T" and it was a hit. I put cut up red potatoes around the bird at the start and brushed them with the excess olive oil. Served it along with a wonderful Chardonnay and stuffed eggplant..... YUM!!!!! Thanks for making us feel like millionaires for a night Chef John!
Anyone else think temp is WAY too high in recipe??? I hope I can update this but I will try a lower temp. I won't terrorize folks with the picture of my burnt on top raw on bottom chicken - LOL.
I'm glad Mauigirl posted that she could not find nor did she use the Aleppo pepper. A substitute could have been used but was not. It is good to know that a simple teaspoon of the pepper did not make or break this terrific looking and sounding chicken. I do not know what an Aleppo pepper is or where to find it. I too will be leaving it out. I am sure dried Thyme was not an issue either. Sometimes we just have to go with what we know and have on hand. Thank you Mauigirl for your post.
OMGosh, this is truly the best roasted chicken I have ever had! I too left out the Aleppo pepper and used dried thyme.
Aleppo pepper dark red pepper similar to paprika!
•Deliciously deep, aromatic flavor with versatile use.
•Delicious on grilled meat-- chicken, steak, and chops.
•Perfect in chilli, meat loaf, and sauces!
I have not tried this recipe but plan on doing so and plan on cooking it exactly as directed; then I will rate it. How Mauigirl can you rate something that you did not even cook per the ingredients and instructions.........sheeeeeeesh, people please don't rate something you haven't even tried and substituted ingredients.
I did not make this recipe - but I wanted to let everyone know that aleppo pepper is available at Penzeys, a mail order spice store that carries the best spices you can find, IMO. Aleppo pepper is a Turkish crushed red pepper similar to Ancho chili's. Check out their website.
As for this recipe, I doubt I'll make it - something about bread on the bottom of the chicken full of grease just doesn't sound so good to me.
I tried not to give a star rating but couldn't so I'm giving it a 4 because other than the bread it sounds quite good. Not ideal but I thought I'd mention the pepper.
Smitty - use french or Italian bread, for goodness sake - you won't make it because of a small thing your hubbie doesn't like? He wouldn't even be able to tell because of the yummy juices it absorbs!! I used chicken breasts,some grilled red peppers from a jar, made my own creme fraiche from this site. SO good!!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Million Dollar Chicken
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 431
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