I am attempting to recreate the roast chicken by Chef Giuliano Sperandino:

Roasted Chicken in a 2 Michelin star french restaurant with Giuliano Sperandio - "Le Clarence" (turn on cc)

I can follow most of the recipe just fine; however, at 2:05 the chef places the chicken on the stove, laying on its leg so that "the temperature can penetrate". Any idea how long the chicken should be on the stove top for? I can put a probe in the middle/thigh to measure temp, but I'm not sure what he's going for here.

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It is doubtful that the "temperature is penetrating"...whatever that even means in this case. The temperature ultimately has to be at least 165 F (74C) in the breast. Placing the chicken, on top of its wings, on its side, in a pan on the stove top is not going to speed that up all that much. Especially for the upside facing part. I could see making a use of a browning step (particularly if you are going to cover (and steam) the bird in the oven), but he doesn't evenly brown the bird. He turns the bird partway through the cooking, however, to brown the other side. I am suspicious of his process, but I would say, if you want to re-create it, I doubt it is on the stove top for more than a few minutes. Brown the skin, then place in oven.

  • Browning in a pan is useful if you're going to cook it very slowly (such as in a slow cooker or very low oven). It would seem pointless otherwise
    – Chris H
    Jan 21, 2021 at 20:54
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    IMO, it's a weird step (and a weird overcomplicated roasting technique) the step at 2 minutes seems useless.
    – Max
    Jan 21, 2021 at 20:59
  • ...agree with both!
    – moscafj
    Jan 21, 2021 at 22:11

Other than browning the chicken, starting it off on the stove gives the dark meat more of a head start before it goes in the oven, because dark meat has plenty of fat and is often better when "overcooked" compared to the breast. What temperature the thigh area reaches doesn't really matter, you just want to take the temperature of the breast near the end. I would brown the dark meat for 5-10 minutes, then put it in the oven.

Adam Ragusea uses a similar method for roast chicken, who recommends 10 minutes on the stovetop.

  • Fair point, but in the video he only does one side, and lays it on the trimmed wings of the bird, which would dramatically slow that head start.
    – moscafj
    Jan 25, 2021 at 11:27

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