There's no better eatin' than roast chicken.

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Re:There's no better eatin' than roast chicken. 2011/02/21 09:17:32 (permalink)
For those who prefer drumsticks/leg quarters or are less inclined to roast a whole chicken, I was given a drumstick rack for Christmas and am pretty happy with it.  The drumsticks hang down and some of the rendered fat drips into the pan; I like to put sliced potatoes in there so that they're flavored by the chicken and whatever seasonings were used.  The skin gets nice and crisp and while I've been using mine on the grill I'm sure it would work just fine in an oven.
 
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Re:There's no better eatin' than roast chicken. 2011/02/21 13:18:37 (permalink)
Never heard of that. Would love to see pictures. I use a rib rack on the Weber. But drumstickks are my next favorite after thighs.
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Re:There's no better eatin' than roast chicken. 2011/02/21 15:32:33 (permalink)
never could make up my mind which I liked better, legs or breast. 
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Re:There's no better eatin' than roast chicken. 2011/02/21 15:50:07 (permalink)
kman160

Never heard of that. Would love to see pictures. I use a rib rack on the Weber. But drumstickks are my next favorite after thighs.

 

 
My rack has a matching pan but I found it to be too small for the potatoes so I used a slightly wider foil pan instead.  It can be used for full legs but then they have to be alternated in order to fit.
 

 
I was concerned that the potatoes (Yukon Gold) might not cook thoroughly and they did have raw chicken juice dripping on them, but by the time the chicken was ready they were fully cooked and quite good.  I wasn't sure how much liquid I'd get from the chicken so I brushed the slices with a little olive oil and dusted them with pepper, but no salt as I used seasoned salt on the chicken.
 
Mine was bought at Menards.  I don't know if there are any stores in the Syracuse area but I'd think you could find them at Home Depot, Lowes, and other stores that carry outdoor cooking accessories.
 
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post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2011/02/21 16:03:04
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Re:There's no better eatin' than roast chicken. 2011/02/21 16:34:31 (permalink)
Brad, That is sweeet.  
 
I thought I was a breast man, but I just switched over to legs
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Re:There's no better eatin' than roast chicken. 2011/02/21 18:25:37 (permalink)
What a neat cooking tool! Will be on the lookout for that one.
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Re:There's no better eatin' than roast chicken. 2011/02/21 18:48:19 (permalink)
How were the potatoes?
 
Did the Yukon Golds hold their shape when you lifted them out?
 
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Re:There's no better eatin' than roast chicken. 2011/02/22 03:00:18 (permalink)
No butter needed.  And cook that bird!  Chicken is best on the dry side, tender and slightly moist, not juicy.
 
Undercooked chicken, and it seems like many places do, is as bad as sloppy, slimy, undercooked eggs.  Chicken and pork, shouldn't even be a question of is it all done.
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Re:There's no better eatin' than roast chicken. 2011/02/22 09:27:26 (permalink)
kishkaeater

How were the potatoes?

Did the Yukon Golds hold their shape when you lifted them out?

 
They were pretty good.  I picked Yukon Golds because I wanted a firmer potato that was less likely to fall apart and I tried to slice them about 1/4" or so, and they turned out fork-tender.  Plus there was no need to peel and not salting them turned out to be a good decision because the drippings were salty enough.
 
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Re:There's no better eatin' than roast chicken. 2011/03/04 00:04:48 (permalink)
If you are one of those people who don't get squicked out by handling raw birds, consider mostly deboning the chicken first. A little work on the front end means the cooking time is almost cut in half, plus serving/eating is easier.
Last year, I took some pictures explaining how I roast a chicken for a friend who had never roasted one before:
 
Baaahhh...I can't post links for another 13 posts. At my rate, that'll be 2015!
 
You can find spatchcocking tutorials online. It's easy...but you have to be comfortable getting personal with the bird, heh.
post edited by sisterbeer - 2011/03/04 00:06:48
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Re:There's no better eatin' than roast chicken. 2011/03/09 16:11:11 (permalink)
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Re:There's no better eatin' than roast chicken. 2011/03/10 06:10:55 (permalink)
Wow, RubyRose, I sure wish you owned a restaurant in my neighborhood.
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