Everyone should know how to cook a whole chicken, for two reasons. First, and quite simply, it’s a great meal. You get the benefits of both light and dark meat. Done right, the chicken is more moist and tender than cooking pieces separately. And it’s super impressive to your guests, so you look like an all-star.
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Recipes and Techniques
So….you’ve decided to cook up a juicy, tender, flavorful Filet Mignon. Obviously, the first thing you need to do make your way to your favorite purveyor of this most tender of steaks, and plunk down what is likely to be a fair amount of your hard-earned money.
A seared filet mignon is, without a doubt the most tender of the steaks. It’s cut from the beef tenderloin. A muscle that runs along the back of the cow, which does very little work (relative to the rest of the cow), and that is what makes it so tender.
The past several years has seen the explosion of the fried chicken sandwich. It’s become a stable on fast food menu…restaurants like Chick-Fil-A built a whole business around it. And even fine dining restaurants are putting up some insanely creative fried chicken sandwiches with sauces and flavors from all over the world.
Perhaps my all time favorite way to cook chicken is simply whole roasted. The different cuts provide different flavors and textures, from the salty, fatty skin, to the tender juicy white meat of the breast, to the “tear flesh off the bone” wings and legs…there is something for everyone. And roasting a whole chicken is actually pretty easy (at least with the right techniques and practice).
Ah the Mighty Drumstick. If you’re a fan of meat on the bone, then you’ve gotta be a fan of the chicken leg. They have a ton of flavor, are tender and juicy and just look really cool! They are also perfect for slow cooking on the grill over the open flame. Because of the bone itself, chicken legs need to be cooked a bit differently than boneless chicken breasts or thighs.
Today our never ending quest for new and great chicken recipes bring us to the world of stews. Not only are stews generally simple, one pot recipes, but they can also be made with a vast variety of ingredients…including of course the humble chicken.
Ah the Kabob. Or is it Sish-Kabob? Or meat on a Skewer? Whatever you call it, putting food on a stick is likely as old as fire itself. And there’s a reason the technique has lasted so long. Not only do kabob’s taste delicious, they can be the grilling equivalent of a one pot meal. Here I show you how to make simple grilled chicken kabobs with some summer vegetables.