*Cut in 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 1/2" pieces. Rinse chicken well inside and out until the water runs clear. Pat it thoroughly dry. Remove as much of the fat from the tail and neck area as possible. Sprinkle the cavity with salt and pepper. Rub the bread on all sides with garlic, and place two of these croutons, with the tarragon sprigs, inside the chicken. Carefully separate the skin from the breast meat of the chicken by running your fingers between the skin and the meat. Rub the meat with salt and pepper, and place 1/2 cup of the tarragon leaves under the skin, spreading them out so they cover the entire breast. Heat the butter and olive oil in a roasting pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, and brown it well on all sides, about 8 minutes. Set the chicken breast side up, transfer the pan to the oven, and roast for 30 minutes at 400 F. Add the remaining croutons, the neck and the giblets to the pan, and continue roasting chicken until it is evenly golden all over and the juices run clear, 12 to 15 minutes. Turn the croutons occasionally so they brown evenly. Remove the chicken, croutons and giblets from the roasting pan and transfer them to a platter. Cover loosely with foil and keep warm in a low (200 F.) oven. Place the roasting pan, with the cooking juices in it, over medium-high heat. When the juices are hot and bubbling, scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pan, add the remaining 1/2 cup tarragon leaves and cook just until they are wilted, about 1 minute. (You need just enough cooking juices to wilt the tarragon. If there is no juice at all - which can happen ~ add 1/4 cup dry white wine to the roasting pan, bring it to a simmer, and deglaze the pan. Add the tarragon and cook until wilted.) Taste for seasoning. To serve, cut the chicken into serving pieces and arrange them, with the croutons and giblets, on a warmed serving platter. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve immediately. A rich, perfumed Fleurie, such as a Georges Duboeuf 1988 or 1989 goes well with this. From _Farm House Cookbook_ by Susan Herrmann Loomis. New York: Workman Publishing Company, Inc., 1991. Pp. 141-142. ISBN 0-89480-772-2.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (143g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 363 (75%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 40.3g||54 %|
|Saturated Fat 23.2g||116 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 10.5g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 3.5g|
|Cholesterol 91.6mg||28 %|
|Sodium 78.2mg||3 %|
|Potassium 1701.4mg||45 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 28.1g||8 %|
|Dietary Fiber 4.1g||17 %|
|Sugars, other 24g|
|Protein 13.1g||19 %|
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Calories per serving: 486
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