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1.08.2009

A duo of roasted birds

Since deciding on the great cleanse means lots cooking and planning are in my future, I thought a nice set of roasted chickens would give me plenty of leftovers. It's always nice to peer into the 'fridge and find a pan of pre-cooked meat to base a meal on. Plus I wanted to try out this new barbeque rub I have been dreaming up. I only did the barbeque rub on one just in case it was too sweet for my dear husband. The other bird got a quick powdered ranch dressing rub down. They are roasting in the oven right now and smell fabulous. I can't decide which one to try first I guess I'll have to wait and see when they are done.

If the barbeque rub comes out ok I'll post the recipe. In the meantime I guess I'll finish banishing Christmas from my house and try to stay out of the kitchen!

There they are before heading to the oven! Notice my nicely seasoned roasting pan.


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UPDATE!
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So I roasted both birds in a 325 oven for a couple hours, meanwhile popping in some homemade french fries for a side, when the juices ran clear I pulled them out and tented them for 10 minutes. The were done, mostly, one had a bit of pink in some spots only discovered after carving was done. Oh well. Both birds came out a beautiful brown with the barbeque rub chicken a much deeper color because of the paprika. I actually opted for some of each kind right off the bat. First I tried a bite of the barbeque rubbed bird and it really was delicious, not as spicy as I was hoping but a definite good
attempt. I wrote down the recipe I made up so I'm going to do more research and figure out my next additions. Next up was some of the ranch bird with was a gorgeous pale brown almost golden color, very pretty. The taste was rather unexpected, not much like ranch or maybe just a very mild version of ranch. It was definitely infused throughout the meat much, more so than the barbeque rub.
When preparing the birds I pulled up the breast skin and spread as much seasoning as I could underneath it just to get the flavors really mingling in there. Once that was done I spread a bit of olive oil on each one then added the seasoning and gave them a good rub down, then re-applied the seasonings and lightly covered any bare spots.
All in all the dinner was a hit but I'm not ready to post a recipe until a few more trials are done.

3 comments :

  1. I've never tried a ranch dressing rub before, I bet it makes the skin really good though!

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  2. The great cleanse is what I'm calling my January detox from all things Holiday-ish :) Its one post down.

    The ranch actually made a good rub and yes the skin was good (the MINUTE bite I had anyway) I'm going to post a follow up with my barbeque spice rub too(which was great too)

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