There’s almost nothing we love more than a perfect roast chicken and its telltale signs of crispy skin, juicy meat, and glorious drippings. But with summer upon us, we want something more seasonal, with brighter flavors than our usual wintertime recipe. This stunner, from cookbook queen Diana Henry’s JBF Award–winning book, A Bird in the Hand: Chicken Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood, fulfills our cravings: a delightful combination of juicy peaches, honey, white balsamic vinegar, and lavender complements the savory flavors with summery sweetness and subtle floral undertones. The peaches caramelize and soften during their time in the oven, while the chicken skin takes on a gorgeous, crispy varnish, giving us everything we want in an easy summertime dish.
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Hilary Deutsch is editorial assistant at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Instagram.