Dry Breast Meat

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by Fearlessphil, May 11, 2008.

  1. Fearlessphil

    Fearlessphil Out Of The Brooder

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    I raised and butchered my own cornish rock x meat birds. We have tried cooking them in several different ways (oven, crock pot, smoking). The breasts turn out too dry every time. The legs, thigh and wings are great. Does anyone have any ideas or recipes to make the breast more juicy?

    This photo is of the one we smoked yesterday. Yes, it tasted as good as it looks.

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  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Have you tried brining them?


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  3. Rosalind

    Rosalind Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Brining them, as Pat says, helps. Have you tried cooking them in a tightly covered dish, preferably a heavy ceramic one, with a bit of chicken broth, wine, olive oil etc?
     
  4. SoccerMomof7

    SoccerMomof7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I inject chicken broth or marinade into the chicken breast.
     
  5. Fearlessphil

    Fearlessphil Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Yes we tried broth in a covered pot. A friend suggested cooking it breast side down. Has anyone tried that?
     
  6. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    Roast it breast side down. I tried that with a turkey once for Thanksgiving and I will never roast a bird any other way.

    It is not as pretty, but the moistness will be such that you won't care. [​IMG]
     
  7. olddairyfarm

    olddairyfarm Out Of The Brooder

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  8. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Terrielacy is right, always cook a bird breast side down. The fat and juices will drain down into the meat making it moist, instead of just cooking completely out if it is cooked breast side up.
     

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