Marc Forgione's Chicken Under a Brick Recipe

Marc Forgione's Chicken Under a Brick Recipe
Staff Writer
chicken under a brick

Jason Basso

chicken under a brick

Next Iron Chef contestant. A favorable review from The New York Times. Chef Marc Forgione is in good stead these days. Sam Sifton called his Chicken Under a Brick the restaurant’s best dish, and said if it was "a record you’d want to play it again and again." With this recipe, you don't have to visit New York to hear this song. --Arthur Bovino


After you de-bone the chicken, separate the drumstick from the carcass and set aside.

Season the chicken skin with salt, and season the flesh with salt, black pepper and zest from one lemon. Put it in the fridge to sit overnight. Then, in a stockpot, combine the chicken stock, 2 sprigs of rosemary, peel of one lemon, and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Add the drumsticks and let simmer for anywhere from 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours until tender. Let it cool in the liquid overnight. 

The next day, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a smoking hot pan with extra-virgin olive oil, add the chicken (except for the drumstick), skin side down and place the brick on top. Once the edges begin to brown, place in the oven for about 10-15 minutes.

Meanwhile, remove the drumsticks and pat dry.

Remove the chicken from the oven and remove the brick. Add the drumsticks to the pan along with the butter, thyme and rosemary and cook over medium-high heat, basting the chicken with the pan juices. Add the capers and shallots. Keeping an eye on it, cook until the skin is brown and crispy and the chicken is cooked through. Then remove from the heat, and garnish with the parsley and red pepper flakes.


Calories per serving:

2,405 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 167g 257%
  • Carbs 32g 11%
  • Saturated 77g 387%
  • Fiber 5g 19%
  • Trans 4g
  • Sugars 10g
  • Monounsaturated 59g
  • Polyunsaturated 20g
  • Protein 187g 374%
  • Cholesterol 598mg 199%
  • Sodium 4,288mg 179%
  • Calcium 218mg 22%
  • Magnesium 177mg 44%
  • Potassium 1,757mg 50%
  • Iron 12mg 66%
  • Zinc 18mg 121%
  • Phosphorus 1,222mg 175%
  • Vitamin A 1,165µg 129%
  • Vitamin C 29mg 48%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 13%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 70%
  • Niacin (B3) 24mg 122%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 86%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 64µg 16%
  • Vitamin B12 7µg 117%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 7mg 35%
  • Vitamin K 38µg 48%
MORE FROM EDAMAM Have a question about nutritional data? Let us know.