I have a new love. Whole chickens. Who knew they were so much fun? Well, fun might be a little extreme, but I am smitten with the birds. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve pretty much stopped buying boneless, skinless chicken breasts unless they just happen to be a really good deal. I have found the flavor of cooking bone-in chicken breasts is so much better.
Thinking back, I think I’ve only cooked one whole chicken before and it was when I tried the slow cooker chicken where you prop it up on aluminum foil balls, season it and slow cook it all day. I can’t remember how it turned out…obviously it didn’t make that swell of an impression or I would have done it more than once. I guess, in a way, I was afraid of cooking a whole chicken. Why? Couldn’t tell you. Maybe it was the thoughts of not having the meats clearly defined for me like they are when I buy them in a package. Maybe it was the thought that I wouldn’t use it all and would end up wasting it. Don’t know. Whatever the reason, it was silly, I’m sure. I love cooking whole chickens. I love cooking whole chickens in my Pampered Chef deep dish covered baker (32 minutes for a 5 lb. bird in the microwave!!). I hate I only bought 2 when I found them on sale for $0.59/lb. They are so freaking budget friendly and those bad boys are loaded with meat.
The first one I cooked, I forgot to save the carcass until I heard it crinkle the bag in the trashcan. I saved this last one and I’m going to freeze it and make a carcass soup that Shannon makes with her turkey carcass when I get another carcass to go with it. (I love the word carcass) Will let you know when it happens.
Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.