What To Do With A Broiler?
So those little broiler chicks that I either purchased or followed me home (depending on if you want to believe my story or my husbands) will soon be going to freezer camp. The more and more I talk to people about this 9 pound kitchen gems I learning that most people don't know what to do with a whole chicken.
There are many reasons to purchase whole chicken over chicken cuts, such as thighs, breasts, or legs.
1. Buying direct from your local farmer ensures you know the story of your meal, how it was raised, what it was feed, etc.
2. Whole chicken is more cost effective. You can buy an entire chicken for the same price as a package of chicken breasts.
3. The organs and gizzard are often included with whole chicken so you can make your own chicken stocks or broth. (That will be a recipe soon to follow)
4. You get super delicious cuts that you can't find in the store. Like the back. Did you know not only can you eat the back, but it is sooooo flavorful!
So how does one break down a whole chicken? It actually pretty gosh darn easy. Just make sure you have a sharp knife!
Instead of reinventing the wheel so to speak follow this link over to Serious Eats for a great step by step. Click Here for the tutorial.
Now that you just broke down that sweet broiler, how do you cook it? Enter the crispy chicken recipe! It's fast, easy, and can have a lot or variations depending on what is in the pantry.
Ingredients you will need:
4 C. Rice Krispies cereal, corn flakes, potato chips, panko, breadcrumbs....you get the idea.
1 T. Seasoned salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
½ C. butter
8 pieces bone-in chicken
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place 4 cups Rice Krispies cereal in a large Ziploc bag. With a rolling pin, crush the cereal.
2. Add 1 tablespoon seasoned salt and 1 teaspoon garlic powder to the crushed cereal. Shake the bag.
3. In a saucepan on low heat, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove melted butter from heat. Coat chicken in butter and then place in cereal bag.
4. Close the bag and shake until the chicken is coated. Repeat until you’ve coated all of the chicken pieces.
5. Pour the remaining melted butter over the chicken. Bake for 60 minutes or until coating is golden brown and juice runs clear.
Serve with mashed potatoes and gravy for the perfect quick meal.