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The Whole Chicken.
September 2, 2009, 8:02 am
Filed under: Doing Well at Home, Recipes

That’s right. I cooked a chicken. The whole bird. I’ve always been scared of roasting a chicken, bones and all…but it’s actually easier than cooking it on stovetop! Season it up, rub a little butter/olive oil, cut up some onion, and throw it in the oven for an hour or so for a 4 lb bird. The hardest part is cutting it up, and even that I think will get easier as I get more practice. I realized that it seems so scary because you don’t have to do anything. You begin with this raw gross thing and voila! suddenly a beautifully cooked, golden brown bird. Amazing!

And delicious. SO delicious. No worries about drying out or burning, it’s food that cooks itself.

Perk number two: the next day you can make great chicken stock! Also one of those recipes that seem scary (you are playing with chicken bones)..but actually involves about 6 minutes of prep work and 3 hours on the stove. And in the end – enough chicken stock to make quite a few soups and make my winter-time rice and quinoa MUCH more flavorful. Plus, chicken stock made from real, nice chicken bones is good for you! Something about the marrow is supposed to impart some health-promoting qualities.

I got both recipes from the Weston A Price foundation website. There are some more recipes on there of things you can do with your whole bird!

So don’t be scared! It’s fun, easy, and delicious! And super good for you too! Now if only I could figure out how to roast a whole pig in my oven….

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