how should I cook these leghorns?

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by sunket77, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. sunket77

    sunket77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok so we got some chicks from a county fair and they were supposed to be broilers but only 3 of them turned out to be broilers the rest where leghorn roosters! So we got them processed anyway so what can I make with these not so meaty birds? I have NO experience cooking whole chicken to begin with! Thanks!
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    How old are they?
     
  3. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Roast one with carrots, onons and celery. Rub the skin with sage, salt and pepper.

    A favorite of ours, is to cook smoke a chicken.
    Run the skin with paprika, sage, salt and pepper.
    Get smoker going with a temp of 350 or so.
    Chicken can go in as soon as the chips a smoking.

    You can tell when a chicken is done, by either using a thermometor that will show you a temp of 150-160 in the thigh meat.
    Or, pierce the chicken and if clear juice runs out, its done.
    The trick is to make sure it does not get overdone and dry.

    ETA
    If these are young roos, then you will not need to worry about them being tough.
    But if you let them grow to full maturity, then you will need to go the crockpot or braising method in the oven.
     
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  4. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    chicken & dumplings
     
  5. sunket77

    sunket77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well they had just started crowing, I suppose I should go with the crock pot/ oven
    thanks everyone!
     
  6. ARose4Heaven

    ARose4Heaven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, boil the devil out of them, then take out the bones, make some homemade noodles from fresh farm eggs and enjoy! That's what we had this last week. YUMMMM!!!
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Cut them into pieces and fry them. Leghorns make great fried chicken.
     
  8. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They should still be tender!
    Every last roo that we butcher at that age is quite tender!
    Do a test one to be sure though.
     
  9. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    I have a pressure cooker (medium pressure) T-Fal pot, and for the first time ever, I used it to simmer a bird- it was incredible meat!!

    Nothing is as good as using a pressure-cooker with a home-grown bird. You can use the meat for whatever you like after that, and the broth is incredible. Tender, juicy, scrumptious!!!
     
  10. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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