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Encore Episode: Chicken: The Wonder Bird

Summary: Chicken is a mealtime staple. Find out how to get more out of your chicken.
Air Date: 4/26/17
Duration: 26:26
Host: Dr. Mike Fenster
Guest Bio: Cynthia Graubart
Cynthia GraubartCynthia Graubart is passionate about food – from researching its origins, writing recipes, teaching technique, to bringing families together at the table.  She is a food writer, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, speaker, and former cooking show television producer.  Cynthia is the author of Slow Cooking for Two, Slow Cooker Double Dinners for Two, and The One-Armed Cook. Teaming with Nathalie Dupree, she is the co-author of Southern Vegetables, Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, and Southern Biscuits. After achieving her BA in Journalism at the University of Georgia, and studying for her MA at the University of Florida, Cynthia Graubart launched her television cooking show career producing Nathalie’s first national public television series New Southern Cooking. Traveling around the South, researching the crops and products of the region for the series, Cynthia continued for more than 10 years producing and consulting for television cooking programs, chefs, and authors known around the world. She is an active member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDEI). She and her husband, Cliff, who owns the Old New York Book Shop, regularly travel to book festivals and host book store owners as well as authors in their Atlanta home. They have a full bar always at the read
  • Book Title: CHICKEN: A Savor the South® Cookbook
Encore Episode: Chicken: The Wonder Bird
Chicken is the most consumed animal protein in the world. It’s the thing that we make for dinner.

Chicken readily takes on flavors from spices and herbs. If you cook it properly it is tender, tasty and delicious.

The chicken we eat today descended from domesticated birds from southeast Asia about 10,000 years ago. Chickens traveled with explorers to other continents.

Look to local and regional farmers for your poultry. The process is typically more humane and is always more nutritious.

What Do the Labels Mean?

“Free range” appears on labels but only requires chickens have an opening to access the outdoors. The opening may not be large enough for the chicken to exit the coop. It may not be as pastoral as you think.

“Farm raised” is misleading. All chickens are raised on farms.

“Air chilled” is a process that cools the meat quickly, sending it through cool chambers on conveyers. The meats are typically chilled in cold vats of water. The water-chilling process allows for easy transmittal of salmonella. Air chilling has significantly decreased incidence of salmonella.

Sunday Dinner Roast Chicken Recipe

Brine the chicken in a salt water solution to tenderize the bird. You can also brine in buttermilk with salt. Rinse and pat it dry.

Slip your fingers between the meat and breast skin. Trap a little bit of butter under the skin. It will help tenderize the breast meat and crisp the skin from beneath.

Start roasting the chicken on its side in a roasting pan. You may need to prop it up with foil. Cook it for 15 minutes. Rotate to the other side and cook for another 15 minutes.

Lazy Chicken Stock

Save your chicken bones from your cooked chickens. Chicken necks make a great stock. You can also get some chicken wings. You can also use giblets but the stock won’t be as clear.

Get a large pot of water. Add some onion, carrots, celery, fresh thyme, whole parsley, garlic cloves and peppercorns.

Bring the water to a boil and turn it down to a simmer. Let it simmer for 2-3 hours. Strain out solids.

You can save in one- to two-cup containers in your freezer. It lasts about three days in the refrigerator. Use stock anywhere you want a little more flavor.

A darker chicken stock has a more intense flavor. Roasting the bones and vegetables before boiling the stock creates a darker broth.

Listen in as Cynthia Graubart shares how you can get the most out of your chicken.

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