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Why is my fresh chicken so tough!?

laserbeams | Nov 6, 2013 03:59 PM

I bought a fresh chicken from the halal live poultry place up the street. Never went there before. Watched them kill the bird in front of me. It was gross!

But not as gross as the roasted bird. I took it home and threw it in the oven with the same chicken recipe I always use (cooks Illustrated Weeknight Chicken).

The bird came up to 160 so I took it out and it was so tough I couldn't even chew it! What did I do wrong? Should I have chilled the bird first (I didn't). Or is it maybe an older bird.

It's in a pot now becoming chicken soup...

Thanks in advance.

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