Second only to the pig in its versatility as a food product, chicken is the most common member of the poultry family. When buying chicken at the market, I like to look for a whole bird weighing about 3 to 3and 1/2 pounds. Over four pounds the birds begin to be too tough with very dry breast meat and fatty hind-quarters. If you are cooking for more than 4 or 5 people, you can get two of the small birds and even have left-overs.
You can roast it whole — stuffed or un-stuffed, fry it in parts, have it stewed/braised, ground, smoked or many other ways. Here are a few pics of chicken prepared in some of my favorite ways- fried, braised, bbq’ed. Keep watching for future chicken cooking methods and recipes.
This picture of fried chicken legs is one of my almost world famous recipes. I prepare a standard breading with the addition of crushed corn flakes. Coat the chicken well and then fry them. They are exceptionally crispy when done this way. Serve with mashed potatoes and green beans. Fried chicken is also good if done early on a hot day and served cool later with potato or macaroni salad.
Braised items are always good in cold weather. The meat is seared then, veggies are added along with some chicken stock. Cover and place into a hot oven. Small pieces will cook be fully within 30 minutes. As the chicken is cooking you can cook a pot of rice. place the rice on the plate and add the chicken and sauce over top. Rich and hearty winter food.
As we welcome spring, it is good to break out the BBQ grilling gear. On the first day of spring I roasted a spicy chicken for dinner. One half of the bird was dinner on the first night and the next night I pulled the meat from the bones and made a sauce with mushrooms and tomatoes. I had this over pasta and it was delicious!
I would very much like to have chickens on my property, but in my community, there is a covenant against it. I have discussed it with both of my immediate neighbors and they don’t have a problem with the idea. To eat an egg freshly laid is a real treat. Store bought eggs are frequently old. chickens are fairly low maintenance food source for meat and eggs. They do tend to attract predators so that is a consideration, but I may apply for an exemption to the community rule.