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from "A Tale of 12 Kitchens" by Jake Tilson

I hate carving chicken – it gets cold and loses flavor and moisture. I like the meat attached to the bone in great chunks. Like so much farmhouse cooking, this requires little preparation for a wonderful result. Make sure it can be eaten as soon as it is ready as it doesn't like hanging around.

Serves 6

A bed of vegetables, such as chopped celery, onions, carrots
3 sprigs fresh rosemary
6 cloves garlic, left unpeeled
1/2 cup white wine
1 large free-range organic roasting chicken, cut into 12 pieces (legs cut into 3 pieces each, breasts cut into 3 each)
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil

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Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spread the bed of vegetables in a large roasting pan – I often use Swiss chard stalks, large sliced onions, halved carrots and whole celery stalks. Add the rosemary, garlic and white wine. Place the chicken pieces skin side down on the vegetable bed. Season with salt and pepper, and drizzle with the olive oil.
Roast the chicken for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, basting occasionally with the pan juices, particularly toward the end. After 1 hour, turn the chicken pieces over and add a little water to the roasting pan if it's become dry. The chicken is cooked when the thigh juices run clear when pierced. Transfer the vegetables to a wide hot serving dish. Cut the larger chicken pieces in half, and place on top of the vegetables. You should have portion-sized pieces of succulent browned chicken. No carving knives, no fuss, just mouthwatering chicken. Serve with the platter of roasted seasonal vegetable – finely cut beets or thin slices of turnip and zucchini.

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  Rosemary - $1.99/ea
  Garlic - $3.99/lb
  Varanda do Conde Vinho Verde
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  Coleman Organic Whole Chicken - $3.99/lb
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 25.5fl oz
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