Barefoot Contessa: Ina Garten’s 3 Highest-Rated Recipes, According to Food Network

There’s no shortage of Ina Garten recipes. The celebrity chef films Barefoot Contessa at her “barn” and has been hosting her cooking show since 2002. As someone who has spent nearly 20 years on camera and even longer writing cookbooks, Garten’s amassed quite a catalog of recipes. However, fans keep coming back to three dishes in particular.

3. Ina Garten’s Chicken Pot Pie

Ina Garten sits onstage as she smiles and speaks into a microphone at an event during the 2019 New Yorker Festival
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First up is Garten’s Chicken Pot Pie recipe. According to Food Network, this particular Barefoot Contessa recipe has more than 1,100 reviews and five stars at the time of publication. Those stats put it in the no. three spot as far as ratings are concerned. 

Garten’s take on the classic dish is to intensify the classic flavors. She use typical chicken pot pie ingredients including carrots and peas but she has a trick to turn up the flavor. She adds two chicken bouillon cubes to the chicken stock before it gets added to the white sauce. 

Garten’s made other pot pies — her one-pot Lobster Pot Pie is popular among Barefoot Contessa fans — but her Chicken Pot Pie has the highest ratings. The dish comes together in about two hours from start to finish.

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Ingredients for Ina Garten’s Chicken Pot Pie: 

For the filling: 

  • 3 whole (6 split) chicken breasts, bone-in, skin-on
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups yellow onions, chopped (2 onions)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups medium-diced carrots, blanched for 2 minutes
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas (2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen small whole onions
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley leaves

For the pastry:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 pound cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup ice water
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
  • Flaked sea salt and cracked black pepper

2. The Barefoot Contessa’s Perfect Roast Chicken

Another chicken recipe from the Barefoot Contessa. Garten’s roast chicken recipe takes second place with upwards of 1,300 reviews and five stars. Around for years, the bestselling author included this recipe in her first-ever cookbook, 1999’s The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

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Compared to Garten’s Chicken Pot Pie, her Perfect Roast Chicken is much simpler to prepare. It only requires a handful of ingredients — many of which are pantry staples such as olive oil or salt — and a few minutes to chop vegetables and season the chicken. From there it goes in the oven for 90 minutes. After resting for 20 minutes, it’s ready to eat. 

Ingredients for Ina Garten’s Perfect Roast Chicken

  • 1 (5 to 6 pound) roasting chicken
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large bunch of fresh thyme, plus 20 sprigs
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 large yellow onion, thickly sliced
  • 4 carrots cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 bulb of fennel, tops removed, and cut into wedges
  • Olive oil

1. Ina Garten’s recipe for Beatty’s Chocolate Cake

Last but not least is Garten’s chocolate cake. Her Beatty’s Chocolate Cake recipe takes the top spot with more than 2,300 reviews and five stars at the time of publication.

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Originally included in her Barefoot Contessa at Home cookbook in 2006, the recipe has become a fan-favorite. Garten uses freshly brewed coffee and instant coffee to intensify the cake’s chocolate flavor. Needless to say, this one is for chocolate lovers. 

Ingredients: 

  • Butter, for greasing the pans
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups good cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk, shaken
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee

Chocolate frosting:

  • 6 ounces good semisweet chocolate 
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 extra-large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder