Tuesday, November 6, 2012

4 Different Ways to Cook Chicken

Roasted Chicken
Place the chicken in a large pan with sides (like a 9x13), at 375 degrees for 1-2 hours.  Check after 1 hour.  No basting necessary.  The chicken is done when a meat thermometer, inserted in a deep area of meat, reads at least 165 degrees.

I like to cut the the carrots and potatoes and put them around the chicken in the roasting pan.  I do like to baste them in the chicken broth a couple times as they cook.  Feel free to add any herbs to either the chicken or vegetables, but they are also fine without them.

Chicken Noodle Soup

The following can be done in a large pan or a crock pot.  In a large stove top pan cover all the chicken bones completely with water.  Bring to a boil for 1 minute, then reduce to a simmer.  I recommend letting it lightly simmer for 3-5 hours to get the most out of the bones.  Put a large bowl under a colander, then pour the bones and broth into the colander, letting the broth run into the bowl.  

Pour the broth back into the large pan.  Add 2-3 sliced celery stalks, 3 large sliced carrots, 1 tsp salt, and a 1/4 cup of the frozen onions to the broth.  Let the chicken bones cool in the colander, then pick off all the remaining meat and add it back to the soup.  This is a little bit of labor, but worth it for a cheap and healthy meal!  :)  Cook the soup on a low boil until the vegetable are almost tender.  Add 1/2 the bag of fusilli noodles, and extra water if needed.  Cook for 10 minutes, or until noodles are tender.  Add salt and pepper to taste.    

BBQ Chicken with Potatoes

Cook the chicken in a pan on the stove top, or all day in the slow cooker, till it reaches at least 165 degrees.  Add BBQ sauce or ketchup as each person wants.  

Cut up 1-2 potatoes per person.  Put a steam basket in the bottom of a medium sized stove top pan, and add water up to the bottom of the steam basket.  Put potatoes in and cook on a low boil until tender, about 1/2 hour.  Remove the basket of potatoes carefully with a fork and oven mits on.  Dump the water out and put the potatoes back in the pan.  Add butter, salt, pepper, sour cream, and shredded cheese.
For mashed potatoes dump the potatoes back into the pan then add milk, butter and salt to taste.  Mix on low speed with a hand mixer until desired smoothness.

Chicken Nachos or Tacos

Use cooked meat that is left over from a whole chicken (or other cooked chicken is also fine).  Put the pieces of meat into a skillet and add 1/2 cup of water.  Bring the chicken to a gentle boil, then shred it with two forks.  Add taco seasoning, and cook on low heat until the water is mostly gone.  Enjoy!

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