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The New Foolproof Way to Roast a Chicken
Waldman's trick for getting nice, crispy skin on chicken without frying is one of the least fussy we've ever tried. You place a big ovenproof skillet in a hot oven while it preheats for 45 minutes; then carefully pour a bit of olive oil into the pan and lay a whole chicken inside. Let it roast for 30 minutes, add sliced leeks, asparagus and scallions and roast for about 15 minutes more, until the veggies are soft and the chicken skin is golden. The familiar tastes of lemon and garlic, which you add with the vegetables, infuse everything with brightness and richness.

Get the recipe: Splayed Roast Chicken with Spring Vegetables