What to do with a TOUGH old hen?

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by smith2, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. smith2

    smith2 Songster

    Jan 5, 2008
    Paris, TN
    I dressed this hen yesterday that is 1.5 years old. She has been soaking in salt water for 30 hours. I just threw her in the crock pot. I thought I'd cook her about 1/2 week. Will she eventually get tender enough to eat or should I just put in the pressure pot? What do you do with your tough old hens?
  2. BettyR

    BettyR Songster

    Mar 1, 2008
    Texas Gulf Coast
    My grandmother always said that an old hen makes the best gumbo and I have to agree.

    Grandma’s Chicken Gumbo

    Make a dark roux with 2 cups of flour and some oil.
    (You can buy ready made roux but homemade is the best)

    Alton Brown did a gumbo show not to long ago and gave instructions on how to make a roux in the oven. The name of the show was “A Bowl of Bayou”. I wouldn’t ever use his recipe for seafood gumbo; I’ve never seen anyone make such a big mess just to make a pot of gumbo.

    1-1/2 gallons water
    1 large hen (an old hen makes the best gumbo)
    6 chicken bullion cubes
    2 pounds of good smoked sausage (Cut into bite size pieces)
    1 large onion (Chopped)
    1 bell pepper
    2 tablespoons liquid smoke (leave this out if using smoked meat)
    4 cloves of garlic
    1/2 bunch parsley (chopped)
    1 bunch green onions (chopped)
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Cut the chicken in half and place it in a large stockpot with the water and the rest of the ingredients. Simmer uncovered for a couple of hours, or until chicken is tender and falling off the bone, remove the chicken from the pot place it in a bowl and put it in the refrigerator to cool. Turn the fire off under the pot, allow to sit while chicken is cooling, all the fat will rise to the top.

    With a large spoon skim fat off the top of the gumbo.

    Pick the chicken off the bone and add it back to the pot and heat it through; season with salt and pepper to taste.

    You can substitute just about anything for the chicken. Wild game works very well, squirrels, ducks, geese, rabbits, turkey, quail, pheasant. Just make sure to simmer it long enough to get it tender.

    Serve over rice in soup bowls.
  3. BettyR

    BettyR Songster

    Mar 1, 2008
    Texas Gulf Coast
    This is another really good one.

    Makes 8 servings
    Top-Rated Recipe of The Month, November 2001
    Southern Living On-Line

    1 (2 1/2-pound) whole chicken, cut up
    2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
    3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
    1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules

    3 cups self-rising flour (I just use all-purpose flour and add 3 tsp. baking powder)
    1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning (I use a tiny pinch of sage)
    1/3 cup shortening
    2 teaspoons bacon drippings (I leave this out, I didn't like it... the flavor was too strong.)
    1 cup milk

    COVER chicken with water, and bring to a boil in a large Dutch oven. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and next 3 ingredients; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Remove chicken, reserving broth in Dutch oven; cool chicken. Skim fat from broth; bring to a simmer.

    SKIN, bone, and coarsely chop chicken. Add chicken, bouillon, and remaining salt and pepper to broth. Return to simmer.

    COMBINE flour and poultry seasoning in a bowl. Cut in shortening and bacon drippings with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Add milk, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened.

    TURN dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out to 1/8-inch thickness; cut into 1-inch pieces.

    BRING broth mixture to a boil. Drop dumplings, a few at a time, into boiling broth, stirring gently. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer, stirring often, for 25 minutes. Prep: 30 min.; Cook: 1 hr., 30 min.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2008
  4. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Songster

    May 3, 2007
    North Central MS
    great recipes. Or else could just make soup. lol.
  5. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    One word: Pressure Cooker.

    Alright, two words.
  6. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    I don't know, that gumbo sounds delicious!!! Love gumbo!!
  7. BettyR

    BettyR Songster

    Mar 1, 2008
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Quote:It is very good; I can get my son-in-law to do anything in the world for me...just promise him a pot of gumbo.
  8. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Same with my boys...people are amazed that I get so much cheerful work out of my teenage boys. I tell them, "Will work for food!!!" You buy those boys a pizza and they'll build the Hoover Dam for ya'! [​IMG]
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I use a pressure cooker. It will help tenderize the meat.
  10. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    Oh, I thought this was a horror thread about mothers in law.

    Humph. I will take my stories somewhere else.

    Anyway, In a crock pot, I put the chicken in with a can opf beer. Let it cook all day and make a gravy with the juice and pour over rice or taters.

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