French Fridays with Dorie: Roast Chicken for Les Paresseux

Dorie’s chicken for lazy people. Both my lazy family members approved heartily.

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Roasted Chicken 11-29-08
Photo by Steven Depolo

This is not my chicken. My camera was broken the day I made this chicken. I lifted this one from the Creative Commons. Thanks, Steven.

My chicken, however, was outstanding, because I made it with another excellent Dorie recipe, Roast Chicken for Les Paresseux. When I first read the recipe, it sounded so elegant! I assumed “Les Paresseux” was the name of some fancy French restaurant or something.

But no, Les Paresseux means lazy people. Oh, well, reality is not romantic sometimes.

My family’s reaction to this chicken, and I quote:

The kid: “Okay, I don’t know how you did this, but you have to do it this way every time from now on.”

The kid, on being told it was roasted and from the French-cooking book: “Man. The French people really know how to cook, huh?”

James, the next day, “Damn, babe, this stuff is even awesome the next day. This is seriously good chicken.”

But don’t take my family’s word for it. Buy yourself a copy of the book, make the chicken (or the apple cake, or the potato gratin, or…) and make your own family happy. I’m not a big fan of poultry, so honestly, my family are better judges of how well this went than I am, but if people are going to be blissed out on my cooking, I’ll take it, even if it’s about my chicken.

(You can buy the book from your local independent bookseller, or on my Bookshelf. You can also see other people’s reactions at the Leave Your Link post on the French Fridays with Dorie site.)

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Author: Serene

I run The Mom Food Project, which was born out of love for my mom and a desire to preserve the recipes of my childhood, which didn't actually exist in written form until I quizzed my mom and wrote the recipes down.

7 thoughts on “French Fridays with Dorie: Roast Chicken for Les Paresseux”

  1. i guess this chicken recipe of yours has something special that make your family love it.What if im gonna try this at home, my family will be same reaction with them.

  2. Serene, the kids’ approval is what counts the most, right? When my daughters liked the flan (which was unexpected, as I hoped to finish off their portions:), it made me happy. One of them liked the semolina cake (after she picked every raisin she found in her slice), but the other did not care for it at all. Still, I was happy (I really liked the cake, because I love cream of wheat).

    So the chicken is great, I guess. Now I do not have an excuse not to make it! Your chickie looks so crispy and juicy, and I am hungry!

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