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Chicken Baked on a Bed of Bread and Swiss Chard

Frances Janisch
Active time 30 mins
Total time 1 hr, 30 mins
Yield 4
This one-pot dish was inspired by chef Judy Rodgers's famous wood-fired roasted chicken at Zuni Café in San Francisco. Rodgers serves the chicken over bread and a salad, but Melissa Perello goes further and cooks the chicken over croutons tossed with greens, capers and golden raisins.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound (about 1/2 loaf) day-old peasant bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup salted capers, rinsed well
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bunch (about 1 1/2 pounds) of Swiss chard —stems finely chopped
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 chicken, skinned and cut into 8 pieces

Nutrition Information

  • calories 505
  • carbohydrate 45 g
  • fat 17 g
  • satfat 4.5 g
  • protein 17 g
  • fiber 3 g

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large bowl, toss the bread cubes with the olive oil, capers, raisins, Swiss chard, shallots, garlic and thyme. Season with salt and black pepper. Spread the bread in a large enameled cast-iron casserole.

  2. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper and arrange them over the bread. Cover the chicken with a piece of parchment paper and close the casserole with a heavy lid. Bake the chicken for 35 minutes.

  3. Remove the lid and parchment paper and increase the oven temperature to 400°. Bake the chicken for 10 to 12 minutes longer, or until golden on top and cooked through. Remove the casserole from the oven and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve the chicken with the bread and greens.