We have the fantastic advantage to buy free range chickens from Growing In Grace farms, near our home. This is the same place we got our CSA baskets this past summer & fall. Once you have tasted these chickens, you will never ever want a store bought chicken again. As you can see these chickens have a more yellow fat from the grass that was consumed, similar to the darker yolk color of pasture raised eggs. The fat in cooked chicken broth is also noticeably more yellow. While you get the amazing flavor of this meat, what you don’t get is a chicken that was raised breathing fecal dust and ammonia in a conventional chicken house 24/7 its entire life. The chicken will not have received any antibiotics, vaccinations, growth stimulators, genetically modified grains, pesticide laden and chemically produced feed, synthetic vitamins or feed ingredients, or arsenic to be passed on to you.
I had special help in my Sweet Basil Kitchen today, as our grandson, a budding chef, assisted me each step of the way. Cutting up this bird was a great lesson in anatomy and physiology.
My sis, taught me this simple practice of preparing greaseless fried chicken, many years ago. Sprinkle salt, pepper and paprika on the bottom of a cold skillet.
Lay the chicken pieces in the pan. Turn heat to medium.
After 10 minutes, cover with a lid.
Meanwhile, my helper cleaned some carrots.
After 10 minutes with the lid on, turn each piece over.
Repeat the process, uncovered for 10 minutes, then cover for 10 minutes. See the flavorful liquid now just waiting to be made into gravy?