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Donal Skehan's top three chicken recipes to elevate the humble chook to a whole new level

Nothing beats a good roast, but these dishes bring the humble chook to a new level

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Vietnamese Caramelised Chicken Thighs with Spicy Cabbage Salad

Vietnamese Caramelised Chicken Thighs with Spicy Cabbage Salad

Honey & Thyme Pan Fried Chicken with Shaved Fennel & Parmesan Salad by Donal Skehan

Honey & Thyme Pan Fried Chicken with Shaved Fennel & Parmesan Salad by Donal Skehan

Donal Skehan's Katsu Chicken Curry

Donal Skehan's Katsu Chicken Curry

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Vietnamese Caramelised Chicken Thighs with Spicy Cabbage Salad

My love of chicken began at my parents' kitchen table, where the Sunday roast was a reliable end to the week and became an important family tradition. I'd often get in trouble for sneaking the crispy bits from under the tinfoil as it rested on the board.

I grew up in the golden age of food TV. Much to my parents' bemusement, I was happy to sit quietly and watch Jilly Goolden and Oz Clarke as they flirted over the bubblegum notes in their latest wine discovery on BBC's Food & Drink. Delia's shows were another favourite, with her home-ec style, no-nonsense approach to cookery, while closer to home on RTÉ, Darina Allen and her giant retro glasses cooked her way through the Ballymaloe repertoire.

Perhaps you may remember a fairly iconic scene in one of Nigel Slater's early TV shows, Real Food. He and a 'pre-Nigella' Nigella Lawson went about roasting the perfect bird. It was a simple recipe - lemon, thyme, salt and pepper and plenty of soft butter, hand squelched over the whole chicken. However, it was the conversation as they devoured the bird (there was much talk of swollen breasts and juicy thighs) as they tore the thighs with their hands, which became a talking point. It was that very moment, as Nigel and Nigella licked their lips over a bird well roasted, that cemented my love of chicken - and them.