Sunday Supper

Cooking projects for people who'd like nothing more than to spend a sunday afternoon surrounded by the wonderful aromas of the kitchen.

Sunday Supper: Soy-Glazed Roast Chicken

Editor's note: Each Saturday afternoon we bring you a Sunday Supper recipe. Why on Saturday? So you have time to shop and prepare for tomorrow.

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Chicken, basted with a soy glaze inspired by Chicago Chef Stephanie Izard, offers a fresh take on the everyday bird. [Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

Recently, Chicago's Stephanie Izard (Girl & the Goat, Little Goat and Little Goat Bread) came out with a line of sauces and rubs. Let me tell you, they're pretty indispensable. Her "The Marinade"—available at Chicago area specialty grocers—was the inspiration for this dish.

Tangy and a bit spicy with a sweet finish, it turns chicken skin into a near-black crackle when it's basted periodically throughout the cooking process. But because the chicken does get pretty dark, you may need to tent it with foil and/or flip the proverbial bird halfway through.

When the chicken is done cooking, the pan juices become an excellent gravy. Just scrape up residual brown bits and reduce it with wine. Then, finish it with a pat of butter, and drizzle some more of that sauce atop the carved chicken.

Incidentally, the results are perfect tucked into roti with accoutrements of your choice. Or serve yours with a bowl of fried rice. In the event you have leftovers, use them as the foundation of a Chinese chicken salad that's dotted with mandarin oranges.

About the author: Jennifer Olvera is a veteran food and travel writer and author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Chicago." Follow her on Twitter @olverajennifer.

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