‘Barefoot Contessa’ Ina Garten Doesn’t Just Roast Chicken, She Turns It Into 3 Delicious Sandwiches Too

Barefoot Contessa star Ina Garten is famous for her roast chicken, and there’s a good reason why. Not only is the dish absolutely perfect, it takes just 20 minutes to prep. But that’s not all she does with the bird. Garten also turns it into three delicious sandwiches.

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‘The Barefoot Contessa’ Ina Garten has two different recipes for roast chicken

Garten’s roasted chicken game is on such a different level that she has two recipes for this delicious dish. First, her Perfect Roast Chicken recipe is what her husband Jeffrey requests every Friday night.

After an hour-and-a-half in the oven, the “roasting rack” of onions, carrots, and fennel turns into a yummy side dish. For a different flavor, Garten also has a recipe for lemon and garlic roasted chicken that’s made with bacon.

Make sure to have ‘good mayonnaise’ on hand to make the Caesar Club Sandwich

When you want chicken for lunch instead of dinner, The Barefoot Contessa still has you covered. Garten’s five-star recipe for a Caesar Club Sandwich is super easy and takes just 15 minutes of prep.

You’ll need bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts and pancetta to make this sandwich. From your pantry (or fridge) you’ll grab some kosher salt, black pepper, garlic, parsley, anchovy paste, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, “good olive oil,” and “good mayonnaise.”

To make the sandwich, the recipe calls for ciabatta bread, baby arugula, sun-dried tomatoes, and shaved Parmesan cheese.

‘The Barefoot Contessa’ has a restaurant-quality Fried Chicken Sandwich recipe

Who needs Chick-Fil-A or Popeye’s when you have Garten’s recipe for Fried Chicken Sandwiches? This is a beginner-level recipe that feeds six, but you will need quite a few ingredients and a lot of time. This is because you’ll need to marinate the chicken for at least eight hours before cooking.

There’s also one extra step that takes this sandwich to another level. In addition to frying the chicken, you’ll also need to make Garten’s homemade Buttermilk Herb Mayo. That recipe includes Hellmann’s mayonnaise, buttermilk, white wine vinegar, scallions, parsley, chives, thyme, kosher salt, and black pepper.

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Don’t be intimidated by Ina Garten’s Fried Chicken Sandwich

Garten’s recipe for Fried Chicken Sandwiches may look intimidating, but we promise it’s beginner level. The ingredients list is long, but you’ll be able to find everything you need either in your pantry or at the local grocery store.


2 cups buttermilk, shaken

1 shallot, peeled, halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced crosswise

2 garlic cloves, smashed

1 jalapeño pepper (with seeds), halved lengthwise

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

3 small skinless, boneless chicken breasts (6 ounces each)

3½ cups all-purpose flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

2½ teaspoons smoked Spanish paprika

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon celery salt

2 (48-ounce) bottles canola oil

6 potato hamburger buns, toasted, for serving

Buttermilk Herb Mayo, for serving

6 Bibb lettuce leaves

Kosher dill pickles (Garten recommends Claussen) thinly sliced, for serving

With Garten’s easy-to-follow directions, anyone can make this delicious dish. Even a kitchen novice.

‘The Barefoot Contessa’ turns her Roast Chicken leftovers into Chicken Salad

If you have leftovers from Garten’s Perfect Roast Chicken, they would work perfectly for her Chicken Salad recipe. If you don’t have leftovers, this is still super easy to make. All you need is two split chicken breasts, bone-in and skin-on.

To make the salad, Garten’s recipe calls for good olive oil, kosher salt, ground black pepper, pecan halves, walnut halves, good mayonnaise, sour cream, tarragon leaves, and green grapes. You’ll also need lettuce and yummy bread – like sourdough or ciabatta – for serving.

The Barefoot Contessa airs Saturdays on The Food Network.