Raw Whole Chicken with Bones
I have never boned a chicken before. I purposely avoided trying this technique so I could continue to deny all the requests I receive to make a Turducken. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turducken) I always thought stuffing a chicken in to a duck in to a turkey was gluttonous. I did not want to try it. Every offer comes with a fair share of begging. I have always been able to say I do not know how to bone poultry. Well, I cannot use that excuse any longer.
Marcella did an excellent job describing the entire process in the cookbook. The step by step instructions are fool proof. I was able to bone the whole chicken without damaging the skin. Sadly, I was a little distracted and did not photograph my boned raw chicken. :( Silly I know but nevertheless too late. Now that all the bones (except from wings) were removed from the chicken it was time to stuff it.
The stuffing is a mixture of ground beef chuck, parmesan cheese, parsley and garlic. As instructed, I filled in the leg cavities first then formed the remaining stuffing into oval like lump for the center of the chicken. I just realized I did not photograph this step either. Sorry, I am totally lame this week. Then the bird is stitched close. I did take a picture of the raw chicken sewn closed. I’m getting pretty good with a needle and thread in the kitchen.
Back of Boned Stuffed Chicken
The stuffed chicken is browned on all sides in a pan with oil and butter. I managed to rotate the chicken in the pan without tearing it up. White wine is added before covering the pan. The chicken is cooked on the stove top over low heat.
I turned the chicken half way through the cooking process. The skin near one drumstick ripped and a little stuffing oozed out. I was very disappointed. I had to give myself a timeout. Ten minutes later I laughed at how upset I was. It’s just food. I let the chicken rest a bit before slicing it.
This tasted like mildly flavored meatballs and chicken. The meat combination was not for me. I've learned I do not like eating chicken and ground beef together. However, I am going to use this technique again. I have thought up all kinds of delicious stuffing to try.
Pan-Roasted Whole Boned Chicken with Beef and Parmesan Stuffing
Close-up of leg
Close-up of Breast section