A few years back, we raised some money and spent some time asking ourselves, “What would a Food Lab television show look like?” Like the column, the show would strive to communicate complex scientific concepts, and more importantly, show how understanding those concepts can improve your cooking.
We pulled together a production team, and enlisted the help of former Serious Eats intern Katie Quinn to up the on-camera charisma factor, we wrote some scripts, and we shot and edited the episodes.
Then…pretty much nobody saw them. This was our own fault—due to a partnership we made to get the series funded, we were unfortunately required to distribute them behind a paywall. That contract has since ended, and we’re in the clear to do with them as we please. So here we are, releasing them to you one-by-one, for free.
In this episode, Kenji and Katie talk about roasting chickens, specifically spatchcocked chicken. Spatchcocked chicken has been split down its back (the easiest way is to cut out its backbone with a pair of sturdy kitchen shears). This process helps the chicken cook more evenly, increases the amount of crispy skin, and leads to record-fast cook times. Bonus: if learn how to do this to a chicken, you’ve got the skills to roast the fastest, crispest, juiciest spatchcock Thanksgiving turkey, too.
FULL STORY: https://www.seriouseats.com/2019/11/the-food-lab-video-series-roast-chicken.html
Kenji’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqqJQ_cXSat0KIAVfIfKkVA
See More Like This!
The Food Lab Episode 1: Cheeseburgers: https://youtu.be/_PVNG8KkNPk
The Food Lab Episode 2: Steak Lies: https://youtu.be/hbt0V726RyI
The Food Lab Episode 3: Emulsions: https://youtu.be/7Qi2Kzru36Q
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