I love the La Bahn chicken you’ll find listed in July Orange Coast’s “Best of 2012.” I use the birds regularly for Zuni Café-style roast chicken—the smallish, all-natural, free-range birds are perfect for the treatment. Judy Rodgers, chef-owner of the San Francisco landmark, included the recipe for the restaurant’s signature dish in her California-cuisine classic “Zuni Café Cookbook” (W.W. Norton, 2002).
Even if you don’t make the accompanying bread salad (though I highly recommend), after following Rodgers’ detailed but simple instructions you’ll be rewarded with the crispest and at the same time juiciest roast chicken ever.
La Bahn Ranch of Temecula sells its chickens, as well as very good eggs, at four Orange County farmers markets—Fullerton Wednesdays, Costa Mesa and Orange Thursdays, and Huntington Beach Saturdays. Click here for our complete, searchable O.C. farmers market guide.