Thursday, March 11, 2010

Fixn' Chicken

It's official.
I'm no longer a Chicken Virgin.

It's amazing, but up until this point in my 30 years of life...I've somehow managed to avoid cleaning, stuffing, tying or prying chickens, turkeys or any other poultry for that matter.  It's true that I have eaten my fair share of fowl, but I have managed to avoid the dirty details of fixing most things that look like they do in life...until yesterday.

We purchased some frozen organic chickens a while ago, and he carved one that we made several meals from about a month ago. With freezer storage space at a premium, we decided it was time to cook some more chicken. In all honesty, I've only been avoiding it - because it kind of terrifies me. After my encounter with it yesterday - I understand why. Even though the insides have already been cleaned out - it still kind of grossed me out. I know once it's cooked, I'll feel much better about things, but here's to you little (er..big) chicken.

We found this blog which gave us ideas for 1 chicken, 17 healthy meals at  - check it out here:  So, we're giving it a try.

I'm cooking Marcella Hazan’s Roast Chicken with Two Lemons  (recipe at the above site) for dinner tonight with roasted potatoes and carrots.  I'm excited about the rest of the meals to follow later this week. I guess if I'm going to fix my first chicken - I might as well do it right.  Our chicken is a whopping  9.5 lbs!  I am curious to see how long it takes to fully-cook.

I'll let you know how the recipe turns out later! For smells DE-LIC-IOUS! I feel so gross just discussing my carnivorous ways. Oh well ;(

Dear Lord: Please bless this food!
Amen & Happy cooking!



Heather said...

So you DID attempt it...even after all we did yesterday! Whew! You are a woman among women! Way to go!

And have we discussed "Julie & Julia" and the whole duck incident?

Mandy said...

Ha! Heather - yes, I tackled the chicken, but didn't finish the job until tonight. It took several hours to cook. It was good, but now I don't want to take the time to get all of the meat off for the next few meals. Ugh. Really?

And...I haven't seen Julie & Julia yet. ;( I'd like to though. Now I need to.

Heather said...

I own it! After we finish watching "New In Town", we'll have to watch it!

Christie said...

Yeah, reason number 2,681 I don't do meat. Blech. But good for you! I would have stuck it back in the freezer and ignored it a while longer...