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First-time chicken cooking

fwegan | Sep 15, 2009 08:53 PM

I've been a vegetarian since I was a teenager, so I've never cooked any meat. I consider myself a pretty good cook when it comes to veggies, but I'm about to face my first meat dish, and I'm a little worried.

I slaughtered my first chicken last week, and I'm planning on cooking the bird. And enjoy it, dammit! He had a pretty sweet life on our little farm, so I'm determined not to feel guilty about it.

He was a rooster, not particularly young, and he's been sitting in the fridge from yesterday because my boss says that he'd be better after a couple days rest.

Since he's an older (a bit over a year), less tender specimen, I'm thinking a moist cooking application would work best. I was thinking of doing chicken fricassee, but thought I'd check for suggestions here first.

So, what would you do with a chicken a bit past its prime, but hopefully quite flavorful? And any tips for a first-time poultry cook?

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