Roasted Chicken With Fish-Sauce Butter

4 servings


45 minutes

total time


4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 2 pounds)

Kosher salt (such as Diamond Crystal) and black pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

3/4 pound bread, crusts removed, bread torn into bite-size pieces (about 4 cups; see Tip)

1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1 tablespoon lemon juice

3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, kept whole

Cilantro leaves with tender stems, for serving


Heat oven to 450 degrees. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and season lightly with salt and pepper. (The fish-sauce butter is plenty salty, so don’t overdo the salt here.) Arrange the chicken skin-side up on a sheet pan and drizzle the oil over the chicken skin, coating it evenly. Roast until the chicken is light gold and the sheet pan is pooling with hot, rendered chicken fat, about 25 minutes.

Take the sheet pan out of the oven, scatter the bread around the chicken and toss gently to coat in the chicken fat. Place the pan back in the oven and roast until the chicken is golden, crispy and sizzling (you’ll hear it), about 15 minutes.

While the chicken roasts, combine the brown sugar, fish sauce and lemon juice in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook, occasionally swirling the pan or stirring the sauce with a wooden spoon, until bubbling vigorously and the mixture has reduced by about half, 2 to 3 minutes. This part is fun: Turn off the heat and add the butter, constantly swirling the pan or stirring with a wooden spoon, until all of the butter has melted and incorporated into the fish sauce mixture.

To serve, scatter the cilantro all over the chicken and bread and spoon some of the fish-sauce butter over each chicken thigh, reserving some to add to each plate for dipping the chicken and croutons while eating (which is divine).


Serving Size




Total Fat

45 g

Saturated Fat

14 g

Unsaturated Fat

27 g

Trans Fat

1 g




917 mg

Total Carbohydrate

45 g

Dietary Fiber

4 g

Total Sugars

8 g


36 g

4 servings


45 minutes

total time
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