Two recipes that are perfect for Mother's Day brunch or a light dinner. Butte Mountain Farm's stewing chickens, cooked overnight in a crockpot, make very flavorful chicken salad. Eggs are available on the website, also.
Chicken Salad with Crème Fraîche and Rye
1 large skin-on, bone-in chicken breast (12–14 oz.)
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
¾ cup fresh fava beans (from about ¾ lb. pods)
½ small fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1 scallion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh tarragon
1 tablespoon Sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
½ cup crème fraîche
½ small English hothouse cucumber, very thinly sliced lengthwise on a mandoline
¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
8 slices Danish rye bread or other dense health bread, toasted if desired
Flaky sea salt (such as Maldon)
Preheat oven to 425°. Place chicken on a small rimmed baking sheet and rub with 1 Tbsp. oil; season with kosher salt and pepper. Roast until golden brown and cooked through, 25–30 minutes. Let cool, then shred into bite-size pieces.
If using fresh fava beans, cook in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until tender, about 4 minutes. Drain and transfer to a bowl of ice water. Drain and peel. (If using frozen fava beans, cook 2 minutes; transfer to a bowl of ice water, then drain.) Toss in a large bowl with fennel, scallion, tarragon, vinegar, chicken, and remaining 3 Tbsp. oil; season with kosher salt, pepper, and more vinegar, if desired.
Meanwhile, whisk crème fraîche in a medium bowl to soft peaks (it will look fluffy); season with kosher salt.
Toss cucumber with parsley, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a small bowl; season with kosher salt and pepper.
Serve chicken salad with bread, cucumber, and a dollop of crème fraîche, topped with sea salt and more pepper.
Do Ahead: Chicken can be cooked 2 days ahead; cover and chill. Shred just before using. Fava beans can be cooked 2 days ahead; cover and chill.