Thursday, April 10, 2014

Home Cookin' - LDF Chicken

Have you tried Liberty Delight Farms chicken?
If not, it's coming into season and Farmer Shane should have a bunch in his coolers for this weekend's Farmer's Markets.
Farmer Shane's chickens are free range, antibiotic and hormone free. Best of all, they're allowed to be chickens. They're not raised in pens barely big enough to turn around in. They run around the farm acting like chickens. You can taste the difference. These are not packed with any solutions. The chicken is firm and juicy and it tastes like it's supposed to taste.
Below I've posted a recipe for crispy-skinned oven-baked chicken. It doesn't take long to cook and it's good.
I chose to do this in the oven because it was raining. There's nothing like smokey chicken on the grill, but you actually have better temp control doing it in the oven and will generally end up with a better end result. 
Take the frozen package, un-perforated/unopened, and put it in a pot of cold water. It will take 30-60 minutes to thaw. Pre-heat your oven to 325 while this is going on.
Lay the chicken out on some wrap or waxed paper so you don't get your rub all over the kitchen.
Season liberally with your favorite rub, then put it on a rack in a foil-lined pan. You do this so the bottom of the chicken doesn't get scorched or boil in the juices. Once again, consistency is king.
Cook it for about an hour, or until an instant-read thermometer tells you it's 165 degrees, then pull it out of the oven and crank the broiler to low and put the chicken back in about 4 inches from the element. This will crisp the skin up in no time. Keep your eye on it though as you don't want to burn it.
 After a few minutes under the broiler element you'll be serving perfectly cooked, crispy-skinned chicken. Who doesn't like that?  Besides vegetarians...
Thanks for reading and give the recipe a shot or post your own!
Thanks for reading.

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