Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons salt. Drop the chicory into the water and cook until tender, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove and refresh the chicory in a cold water bath. Drain well on paper towels. In a 12 to 14-inch saute pan, heat the olive oil until smoking. Saute the chicory, still in bunches, until browned and crispy. Remove to paper towels and season with salt and lemon zest.;
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