Confronting the Chicken

It’s something I do all the time these days, literally and figuratively — confront the chicken. Some of you may have heard me use that phrase before. It’s what I say to be brave when the going gets tough. It’s also very apt in describing those chilling moments before I handle raw poultry. I really do have to confront it, as I would confront any difficult task that needs to be done. So in my latest cooking adventure, I learned how to NOT be chicken, while cooking the chicken. When I got slammed with the flu a couple weeks ago, it was the perfect chance to give it a whirl. I dragged myself out of bed, went to Ralphs and bought a bird to make a nice broth. Believe it or not, it was the first time I have ever prepared whole poultry. This is what happened next:

It didn’t go as planned, but the broth turned out beautifully. I quite believe it cured me faster. By the way, this experience was very different from a previous one involving chicken thighs because this little guy was whole. It seems absurd to be so afraid of a nicely butchered, clean chicken but I can’t help myself. Am I among millions of Americans who have become dependent on mechanically separated chicken pieces, tightly packaged in styrofoam trays? Probably. Unfortunately, the more my protein (meat) source resembles its original form, the more intimidated I get.


  1. Vince says:

    until next time, chicken

  2. Vince says:

    and it really is damn hard to butcher a chicken properly

  3. Christine says:

    It was ridiculous! I either need a sharper knife or a braver soul. Or maybe a cleaver.

  4. lol this is an awesome video. all about makin your own broth, great job homie.

    please put up more videos, it’s awesome to hear your voice!. def. miss you chilling with you

  5. Christine says:

    I will try to post more videos. Stay tuned.

  6. Michelle says:

    I want to confront the chicken!

  7. Christine says:

    We should have a confronting the chicken party.

  8. Jason says:

    I love the title of the post and how you made the chicken lurk in the darkness.

  9. Christine says:

    I know, doesn’t it make it look extra creepy? Because it was a creepy feeling.

  10. Anne says:

    omg, this reminds me of the time we made those chicken wings for our housewarming…hahahaha! i have yet to tackle a whole chicken…esp not after my friend told me about her cornish game hen story. it came completely intact =/

  11. Christine says:

    Anne, I totally miss bustling around the kitchen with you too.

  12. Sarah says:

    haha i remember reading your email, “out of NOWHERE, the gizzards and the neck just plopped out of the other end. There were two holes! I screamed some more” i must try this, confronting the chicken sounds like therapy!

  13. Christine says:

    Sarah, it really is good therapy. I actually roasted my second chicken over the weekend and I noticed it wasn’t nearly as frightening this time around. Confront the chicken!

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