Brilliant Italian Dishes You Haven't Tried Before
No fettuccine alfredo or penne alla vodka here. Each of these recipes—for Italian "sushi," roast chicken with a serious kick and more—offers a fresh approach to the beloved cuisine.
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Foolproof Roast Chicken with Crazy Intense Flavor
Supercrispy skin, juicy meat and a quick cooking time are all great reasons to spatchcock (aka butterfly) a chicken. There's one more, too: the technique loosens the skin on the bird, so it's less taut, making it easy to slide all kinds of delicious seasonings underneath. This recipe calls on lemon zest and juice, fresh herbs (any combination of rosemary, marjoram and/or oregano) and red-pepper flakes to give the chicken a bright, zippy taste (the recipe's name—"diavolo"—means "devil" in Italian). A bed of roasted peppers and onions provides a sweet counterbalance to the spice.
Get the recipe: Devil's Chicken with Sweet Peppers and Onions (Roast Chicken Diavolo)