Much as I love preparing healthy and hopefully delicious meals for my family, I’m often pressed for time. I usually get home from all the day’s activities (including fetching my kids from school) at nearly 5pm. We have dinner anywhere from 6pm to 6:30pm. That doesn’t really give me a lot of time to devote to the kitchen. Then I have two hungry and growing kids who can’t wait to eat. I need to come up with dishes that are quick and easy to prepare.
Lookie what I got the other day — Magnolia Chicken… five whole chickens lah! Okay I have a confession to make. Ever since I started cooking August or September last year, I’ve never tried cooking a whole chicken. I’m always buying breasts and thighs. Either I’d chop them up for stirfry or marinate and bake them with a side dish of veggies. You could say I was intimidated by these whole chickens. I don’t know why but I find them so cute, wahahaha! XD
Given my constant time constraints, I decided to cook one Magnolia Chicken the simplest way I know how — turbo broil the entire thing! I love how fresh my chicken was. Magnolia chickens are raised in stress-free environments — free from antibiotic residue, hormones, and steroids. Anyway, I rubbed the whole chicken with salt to get rid of the slimy feeling. Then I rinsed it with water. I put it inside a freezer bag and generously coated it with an MSG-free spice rub. I let it marinate overnight.
So I popped the whole Magnolia Chicken into the turbo broiler set at 350 F and let it sit there for an hour. I honestly had no idea how it was going to turn out because it was the first time I was cooking a whole chicken. It was also the first time I was using a spice rub, I usually make my own marinade and they have always been liquid. Turned out pretty nice, don’t you think? The skin was really crispy and tasty, although I think I need to maybe inject liquid marinade next time so the meat would have more flavor. Or I could make gravy, lol. Anyway, hubby and the kids liked it. The meat was very juicy and tender. I just need to work on infusing it with more flavor.
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