Inspired by English food writer Nigella Lawson's chicken Vesuvio, chef Art Smith created his own variation, throwing spicy chorizo and green beans into the mix along with white wine and broth for a juicier bird.

Serves 4


  • 1 (3 1/2-pound) whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 4 scallions, coarsely chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 pound fresh pork chorizo or chicken sausage
  • 2 cups fresh green beans
  • 1 cup frozen artichoke hearts
  • 1 lemon, sliced into 1/4-thick rounds
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley


Active time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Preheat oven to 400°. Season chicken with oregano, salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper (if using). Place chicken, scallions, and garlic in a large roasting pan and drizzle with olive oil. Roast until chicken starts to brown, about 30 minutes. Add wine, chicken broth, and sausage to the pan and roast an additional 10 minutes. Flip sausages and add green beans, artichoke hearts, and lemon slices, making sure vegetables are partly submerged. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with parsley and serve.


Roast Chicken with Fava Beans and Herbes de Provence
Instead of oregano, season chicken with 2 Tbsp. herbes de Provence. Replace green beans with 1 cup fava beans, added to the roasting pan 5 minutes after the artichoke hearts.

A Chinese-Inspired Interpretation with Bok Choy and Ginger
Instead of oregano, garlic, and olive oil, season chicken with 4 cloves fresh mashed garlic, 3 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger, 1/2 cup hoisin sauce, and drizzle with 3 Tbsp. canola oil. Leave the sausage out, and instead of chicken broth and white wine, use 1 cup rice wine. Replace artichoke hearts, green beans, parsley, and lemon with 2 cups chopped bok choy.

Louisiana-Style Chicken with Okra and Sweet Corn
Instead of oregano and salt, rub chicken with 2 Tbsp. creole seasoning. Replace chorizo with Andouille sausage. Instead of green beans and artichoke hearts, add 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes, 1/2 cup sliced okra (fresh or frozen), 1 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen), and 1 cup diced bell pepper.

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