The Basics: Chicken

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Chicken

One of the most basic cooking fundamentals every kitchen should have on the ready for hard working meal prep is chopped, cooked chicken. It can be used in a variety of recipes from quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas & casseroles to pasta dishes, soups & sandwich salad favorites. A whole bird is an economical & effortless route to take in order to achieve maximum results. You can basically get twice as much meat when you prepare your own than if your were to purchase a standard rotisserie chicken plus you’ll get the delicious Homemade Chicken Broth that’s naturally created during the process. Hold on to it & use it to prepare other meals or boost side dish staples such as rice & hearty dinner grits. 

Salt & Pepper Chicken is a pretty straightforward recipe that can be enhanced a number of ways. Set the timer & let your stovetop take care of the rest. Toss in a chopped onion or celery for added flavor. Fresh herbs such as thyme, rosemary & parsley are other great ways to pop an extra splash of taste into the mix. Once cooked, pull the meat from the bones & chop or shred it to use in your favorite recipes lickety split. Be sure & follow my tips for storing the & get ready to enjoy the valuable benefits of making your own delicious chicken from scratch.

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makes about 6 cups 

The beauty of this recipe is that you end up with two essential ingredients once you’re finished – the broth & the cooked chicken both ready for a variety of meal applications.

1 {5 lb} whole chicken
1 tsp table salt
3/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

Remove the goodies from the chicken cavity. Discard. Place the chicken in a Dutch oven & fill the pot 3/4 full of water. More than likely your bird will not be fully submerged. Sprinkle the chicken with the salt & the pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil over High heat. Reduce the heat to Medium-Low & simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes. Flip the bird over using a pair of tongs. Simmer 30 minutes more or until the meat falls easily from the bones. Turn off the heat. Let stand 20 minutes. Remove the chicken from the broth, reserving the broth. Pull the meat from the bones.

Leave the cooked chicken in large chunks. It will hold up better in recipes once you’re ready to use it. It will also keep the meat nice & tender. Portion the chicken in 1 or 3 cup increments. Pour some of the reserved chicken broth over the meat to keep it moist if you will not be using it right away. Store in the refrigerator up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before adding to recipes.

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makes about 2 quarts

The chicken produces a lovely homemade broth that develops tasty flavor from both the bones & the meat.

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Pour the reserved broth from the Salt & Pepper Chicken through a fine mesh strainer. Taste the broth & season with additional salt & pepper, if desired. Refrigerate the broth overnight. Skim the fat from the broth surface with a spoon & discard. Store in the refrigerator up to 1 week or freeze up to 1 month.

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How To Prepare A Whole Chicken For Cooking

No need to rinse the bird under water before cooking. It may spread bacteria over kitchen surfaces & increase the risk of food poisoning. If handling raw chicken makes you squeamish, invest in a box of powder-free latex gloves. Once, cooked, the broth will congeal after chilling. Gelatin releases from the bones & connective tissues as the bird simmers. When heated again, it will become smooth & fluid again.

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Cut open the bag & remove anything that may be hiding in the cavity of the bird. Generally, you’ll find a sack filled with lots of extras. These are the giblets. Giblets are the foundation for excellent gravy making. Toss them out if you’d like to skip that notion. Lift any excessive skin from the cavity opening just under the breast portion of the bird & remove it with a pair of kitchen shears. This step will simply prevent excess fat that will need to be discarded later. Place the chicken in the Dutch oven & fill with tap water. Season & cook as directed.

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