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Splayed Roast Chicken with Caramelized Ramps, Garlic, and Capers

Prep time
1 1⁄2 hours
Entrée | Poultry
Food Allergies
Dairy-free | Gluten-free | Wheat-free | Celiac | Corn-free | Egg-free | Soy-free | Nut sensitivity

Adapted from The New York TImes.


Preparing chicken this way results in tender flesh and super cripsy skin.


4 1⁄2 lbchicken (whole, patted dry)
2 tcoarse salt
1⁄2 tblack pepper
1 bnramps (trimmed, outer layer removed)
1 lemon (quartered)
1 Tolive oil
5 clvgarlic (smashed and peeled)
1 Tcapers


Rub the chicken inside and out with the salt and pepper. Set aside (at room temperature is fine).

Place a large cast iron or other heavy, oven-safe skillet in the oven and set to 500˚F. Allow to sit in the hot oven for 45 minutes.

Cut the ramps crosswise where the leaves and bulbs meet, then rinse both. Tear the leaves into large pieces. Slice any bulbs thicker than a pencil in half lengthwise. Separate the bulbs and the leaves.

Transfer the chicken to a large cutting board. Use a knife to slice through the skin that connects the legs to the body. Splay the thighs open until you feel the joint on each side pop. Put half of the lemon inside the chicken. Set the chicken breast-side up in the hot skillet. Press the legs down so that they lie flat on the bottom of the skillet. Drizzle the olive oil over the chicken, then roast. After 30 minutes, arrange the ramp bulbs, garlic, and capers around the chicken, and gently toss with the pan juices. Cook 5-15 minutes more, until the chicken is no longer pink, and the ramps are tender.

Remove the skillet from the oven, and toss the ramp leaves in the pan until just wilted. Allow to rest until just wilted.

Serve the chicken with the ramps, garlic, capers, and pan juices, and if you'd like, the remaining lemon wedges.