Poorly cooked chicken makes me want to throw furniture. Really. Dry chicken should be a crime, like the Hague should investigate. It’s not hard to make truly moist and tasty chicken. But it’s amazing the number of times I’ve been subject to a dry piece of meat foisted upon me. Unfortunate at best.
I try to make a whole chicken whenever I have a recipe that’s chicken based. There’s a few reasons for that. First, it’s cheaper. Buying a whole chicken and cooking it, then breaking it down, always makes for meat for everyone dollar for dollar. Second, I get to make some homemade chicken stock. I’m always happy to be presented with a carcass. What’s better than free chicken stock. And thirdly, it’s always more moist and more tasty when you make a whole bird. Well that’s my take at least. I can buy a free range four pound bird for six bucks. That’s cheap eats. No way around it. It’s also incredibly easy to make. And I have never screwed up a little bird, ever. Even a little over-cooked and they are just dripping moisture. I can’t imagine what people do to these when they present something that’s sawdust dry. What gives? Continue reading