Smoked Spacock Chicken on gas grill

Smoked Spacock Chicken on gas grill

My son gave me some BBQ rubs, and sauce etc. for fathers day, I think I’ve used some combination on almost every meal since.

Any way WholeFoods had Spacock chicken on sale cheaper than a whole chicken and no extra work for me.

I made a soaked wood chip packet out of aluminum foil place on the space between burner 2 and 3

Placed a drip pan with a little water on #1 side and turn 2 and 3 up high.

When the packet started to smoke I put the chicken skin side up over the drip pan legs facing the hot side.

I had rubbed the chicken with the Blue Ribbon BBQ rub and placed uncovered in the refrigerator maybe an hour or so lost track

Took out and let come to room temperature

Dabbed any excise liquid with a paper towel

Cooked covered for about 45-50 minutes , every grill is different you know how your grill better

Basted at about 20 minutes

It was about 155-160 in thickest part of thigh with instant read thermometer

I basted again and filliped the chicken skin side down on the hot side for about 2-3 minutest

I probably could have cut that time down but I like the burnt bits.

Then back to the cool side skin up baste and cook until 165

Let sit on cutting board 15-20 minutes

I went to cut it and the bones just broke off

Quick chicken breast roll up.

This is one of my standby quickie meals.

Preheat oven to 375

Pound chicken breast
Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and dried basil (had no fresh)
In center put layer of sun-dried tomato, goat cheese, roasted red pepper.

Roll as tight as you can securing with string.

Spray with olive oil and brown all sides in cast iron pan over medium high heat.

Transfer to oven and roast 10-15 minutes. Until instant thermometer read 160ish, remove loosely cover with tin foil for about 5-10 minutes and carve.

Peanut Noodles with Chicken and a Shrimp Salad

Peanut Noodles with Chicken and a Shrimp Salad

My son has been making be proud, for the longest time his specialty was nachos which were very good but he has grown to be quite the home cook. He recently discovered my mother’s genes may have cursed him and he suffers from gout. This used to be considered the rich mans desease so maybe its not a curse after all. I’m sure he wouold say otherwise.  

Gout is a common and complex form of arthritis that can affect anyone. It’s characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, swelling, redness and tenderness in the joints, often the joint at the base of the big toe.

Foods considered high in purine content include: Some fish, seafood and shellfish, including anchovies, sardines, mackerel, scallops, herring, mussels, codfish, trout, and haddock. Some meats such as bacon, turkey, veal, venison, liver, beef kidney, brain, and sweetbreads. Alcoholic beverages. We bought him a copy of The Holy Gout Cookbook the other day.

Anyway here are a few things he made recently the peanut chicken I’m gong to try this one it looks good.

He also made this for another meal

I think he substituted the chicken for some shrimp that Gail had made.

Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs

Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs

I had some bone in chicken thighs in the freezer and was looking for ideas on line and found fitfoodiesfind which looked simple and delicious. I was being lazy so simple fit the bill.

I like dark meat rather than white meat to me it remains moist and I reserve cooking them when Lyn is fasting, I call them my bachelor nights.  The one key difference between the two is the fat content. Chicken thighs are fattier than the breasts and are also moister in comparison. However, both thighs and breasts have the same relative content of iron, sodium, and good cholesterol, they differ in the amounts of calories, fat and saturated fats.

Anway…. This baked chicken thigh recipe has the crispiest skin and the juiciest inside. You can’t go wrong with this recipe any day of the week.

Pictures borrowed form fitfoodiesfind

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5lb. – 2 lbs. bone-in and skin-on chicken thighs (~4 large chicken thighs)
  • 1.5 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

How

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a metal cooling rack on top of the aluminum foil. 
  • Add the granulated garlic, salt, and pepper into a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Next, prep chicken thighs by using kitchen shears to trim any excess skin. Next, draw out moisture from the chicken thighs by patting them with a paper towel.
  • Sprinkle the spices on the chicken thighs and use your hands to massage the spices into the chicken. Be sure the chicken thighs are covered with spices. Let the chicken sit for 10-15 minutes in the dry rub.
  • Place the chicken thighs on top of the metal rack.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil and honey together and drizzle the mixture over the chicken thighs.
  • Place the chicken in the oven and bake the chicken thighs for 30-35 minutes or until they reach 160ºF.

Remove the chicken from the oven and let the chicken rest for at least 5 minutes.

Fried chicken thighs

Fried chicken thighs

My brother told me the other day that he gave into an urge and went to KFC. He said it was good, I still won’t go back I know it won’t hit the taste buds like my mind remembers. Once on our yearly trip to visit our sister in MN while looking for something to eat we found The coop restaurant if I remember correctly it was a small 2 or 3 tables on the corner restaurant that said they had the best fried chicken. We were very excited as was my sister. We got there went in and strolled up the the counter and ordered, the first thing they asked us was did you call the order in? Thought at was odd but they took our order and we sat down. Susan who was the most excited about the chicken ordered a burger. Soon our food came and a line started to form. We didn’t think anything of it but by the time we were done eating and heading out the line at the counter was out the front door and around the corner. We understood why it was great chicken, pressure cook then fried up juicy and delicious.

Anyway Lyn was fasting so I grabbed some boneless chicken thighs and the Air fryer.

I put flour in one bowl, beat an egg with some hot sauce in another, then gluten free panko bread crumbs in the last, you can make this all gluten free on not at all.

After dredging the chicken in flour

Coat with egg

Then into the breadcrumbs.

I had preheated the air fryer to 400 and before putting chicken in I did quick spray of oil placed the chicken in and then another quick spray.

Set the temp to 400 and 10 minutes.

Turned the chicken over 1/2 through and check with instant thermometer it was done 162 degree let sit the temp would rise to 165ish

I diced one piece an put in a salad as protein.

Other things I’ve been making

Other things I’ve been making

Half a roasted chicken with Broccoli puffs.

Just another quick meal, we got in the habit of buying roasted chickens from Whole foods when they are on sale for $5.99 cutting in half and Food Savering, there that word again, freezing.

This makes for a quick meal and leftovers for salads and sandwiches.

Quick Chicken Parm from the gut.

Quick Chicken Parm from the gut.

We braved the outside world Sunday armed with mask, bloves and bottle of purell and went to Whole foods during senior hours. Beside the better quality products we get a kick out of being carded. There was a line so we waited a proper 6 feet apart. I was surprised to see a few people without masks perhaps they were survivors and had anti bodies. While there, we grabbed some air chilled boneless chicken breast and also a package of bone in. Yesterday while food savering, is that a word we have a Food Saver and use it, we agreed on chicken parm for dinner.

I did the Pan-fried Chicken Cutlets then put sauce on bottom of pan, placed the cutlets spread mozzarella cheese then sauce (left over from ragu but did not have sausage in it) spinkeled so grated parmigiano. cover with tin foil. I out in refrigerator since it was still early afternoon. When i took out I placed in preheated oven at 350 degree and cooked fro about 15 minutes. removed foil and place slices of provolone cheese back in oven until melted.

This is always a good go to comfort meal that is really easy.