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 Post subject: Re: Cook's Illustrated's "French Chicken In A Pot"
PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:51 pm 
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wanted to add that with this recipe a fat separator makes all the difference. I never owned one before this recipe and finally got too frustrated with trying to skim off the fat, can't believe how the separator truly makes this job so easy.


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I made this on the weekend with a 7 pound bird. Didn't seem to work as well as when we use smaller (5 pound) birds. Anyone else find this?


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 8:05 am 
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I'm partial to recipes with little fuss so I really like this chicken and have made it often. Somehow I forgot about it for a while and haven't made in quite a while.
I was glad to see this thread come back up to remind me of it.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 3:01 pm 
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A-yup. Bought a 3-pack o'chickens at costco. Used one for Chang-style soup, wondering at the others .... chicken in a pot it is! I too had forgotten about it, temporarily.

Jean, birds that big are quite rare here, but I get the impression the recipe is simple, but fairly finely balanced. The big un's are likely also to be pretty different texture wise I'd think.


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Ah, turns out I am committed to some silly sporting event. Another night then!


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:19 am 
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Paul, so right, most chickens here are much smaller. There's a butcher near me that has mennonite raised chickens and they are huge, around 6-8 pounds. I get the broken down parts a lot as they offer boneless chicken legs, wings and both bone in and boneless breasts in 5 kg bags but first time buying the whole bird. I think we'll stick to the 3 pack of Costco birds for this recipe. I was hoping to get away with one chicken (teenage boy appetites) but I'd rather just make 2 smaller birds. We didn't enjoy the texture at all of this one. I wound up dicing all the extra meat and freezing to add to chicken soup, fried rice and quesidillas as the kids didn't even want it for sandwiches.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:15 pm 
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Linda wrote:
I'm partial to recipes with little fuss so I really like this chicken and have made it often. Somehow I forgot about it for a while and haven't made in quite a while.
I was glad to see this thread come back up to remind me of it.


I've actually.got a big fryer in the oven right now and the aroma is amazing.
Got a sweet potato standing by to go in the m/w and some leftover petite brussells sprouts ready for warming.


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Yum! I usually get more sauce from this than we need and I freeze it for when I pick up a rotisserie chicken.


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I may invest in one of these for this recipe, looks interesting.

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products ... e/#reviews


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I tried one similar to that. Way less effective then one of the oxo measuring cup thingies, and mostly less effective then just skilling with a well made big spoon, I really love this set:

http://shop.ruhlman.com/products/offset-spoon-set


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