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Ode to Zuni” Roast Chicken with Fennel Panzanella

Recipe by Chef Suzanne Goin


When Goin makes this homage to the legendary chicken at Zuni Café in San Francisco,
she confits the whole chicken in duck fat. For this simplified version, she brushes the
bird with the duck fat before roasting. With this delicious dish, Styne likes to play on
the San Francisco’s proximity to wine country and pour wines from the Napa Valley:
both the 2012 Cade Sauvignon Blanc and the 2010 Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc work

1 tablespoon chopped rosemary, plus 1 rosemary sprig
1 tablespoon chopped sage
2 tablespoons thyme leaves
Kosher salt
One 4-pound chicken
½ pound country white bread, torn into 1½-inch pieces (4 cups)
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons duck fat or olive oil
2 tablespoons minced shallot
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 Meyer lemon (optional)
½ cup pitted and coarsely chopped Castelvetrano olives (3 ounces)
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
Freshly ground pepper
2 árbol chiles, crumbled
1 large fennel bulb, cored and cut into ½-inch dice
1 small red onion, cut into ½-inch dice
¼ cup thinly sliced garlic
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
¼ cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 small head of escarole, leaves torn

1. In a small bowl, combine the chopped rosemary and sage with 1 tablespoon of the thyme and 1½ tablespoons of
salt. Rub the herb mixture all over the chicken and let stand at room temperature for 2 hours.

2. Preheat the oven to 375°. On a baking sheet, toss the bread with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and spread it out
in a single layer. Toast for 1 to 15 minutes, until lightly golden. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool.

3. Increase the oven temperature to 450°. Brush most of the herb mixture off the chicken. Set the chicken on a
rack set over a baking sheet and rub all over with the duck fat. Roast for about 50 minutes, until golden and an
instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh registers 165°. Let the chicken rest for 15
minutes, then cut into pieces.

4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the shallot with the lemon juice and a pinch of salt and let stand for 5
minutes. Trim the ends from the Meyer lemon and slice ⅛-inch thick. Stack the slices and cut into ⅛-inch-thick
matchsticks, then cut into ⅛-inch dice; you should have ¼ cup. Add the diced Meyer lemon to the shallot mixture
and stir in the chopped olive, flat leaf parsley and 6 tablespoons of the olive oil. Season the salsa with salt and
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