Hello from Memphis! Some of you know Alexandra’s Kitchen was nominated for a Saveur Blog Award in the weeknight cooking category. It was a complete surprise and even more of a surprise to learn last night that Alexandra’s Kitchen won the Editors’ Choice Award. I can’t thank you all enough for reading and supporting this blog over the years. I feel so lucky every day to be able to cook and photograph and write about food. I have a few Memphis photos to post and moments to share, but first I thought I’d round up some of my favorite weeknight or weeknight-ish friendly meals.
Below are 18 of my favorite chicken dinners, and if you’re looking for a place to start, I highly recommend the Zuni Cafe Roast Chicken. Every time I make it, I am astonished by how beautifully it cooks, emerging with evenly golden skin and juicy meat throughout. I don’t even bother with the herbs anymore, though I do salt the chicken ahead of time—I shoot for the morning or early afternoon of the day I plan on roasting it.
And if you’re looking for an especially weeknight friendly meal, I can’t recommend the broiled tarragon chicken breasts enough. I am typically not a huge fan of white meat, but I love this recipe, and I love how quickly it comes together.