On a whim, I acquired several Cochin
and Easter Egger chicks last summer, to get acquainted with raising back yard chickens. It turned out the seller was getting rid of rooster chicks, and then I lost one of the two hens to a predator. That left one hen and seven free range roosters, who became increasingly loud and obnoxious over the winter. Their worst behavior was jumping on the Easter Egger hen daily, leaving her back in bad shape. I didn't know it, but there is no way a hen should have 7 suitors. All 7 have been inspected, processed, and put into my freezer.
The first one out was a disappointment. Tough roasted meat, lots of flavor, and we all ate small portions politely.
I am looking for ideas to make something good from semi-tough chickens (remember, they were only 8 months old).
I tried a fast cacciatore with the leftovers, but that was a fail.
Chicken soup is obvious, but I want something quicker, more elegant.
I will try fricassee, gumbo, and teriyaki, but I need more ideas, possibly ethnic, where they have to deal with tough chicken. I am sure the portions won't go stringy with long slow cooking, and the breast meat will never be tender and juicy, also never dry.
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