The roast chicken used to be a meal one ate at home. It’s a family classic, one that signifies a simple Sunday supper more than an expensive night out on the town. That it might be occasionally dry and overdone is usually forgiven due to the more important emotional factors. But recently a lot of Chicago chefs have been finding perfection in a properly roasted chicken, elevating the homey meal into something worthy of a splurge. These roast chickens reflect the city’s embrace of immediately satisfying comfort food, and showcase a whole range of cooking techniques. All look for ways to get crispier skin, and more succulent meat. Check out a list of some of our favorites, along with a few recommendations from the chefs on where they find comfort when they aren’t cooking.
The roast chicken at Longman & Eagle.