Tuesday, November 10, 2009

It was well worth dealing with the innards.

If you've been a reader of my blog for some time, you know that a have a few phobias.

Just a few.

I won't go into listing them all, because like I said, there's just a few. And, you've heard enough about the biscuit cans.

One phobia I deal with is the point in time when my hands have to touch raw meat. (and I'm a pretty good cook despite this fact)

Ground meat, in particular, is the worst for me.

But, equally disgusting to me is chicken. And, don't even get me started on the raw chicken juice.

Give me a good steak or fish and I'm fine. I could touch and pat them all day long. No phobia. No grossing out. No gagging.

But, sometimes, you just have to deal with it. (A statement that La Petite Belle reminded me that I say to her all the time).

So, I did.

I dealt with it.

And, not with one chicken, but two WHOLE chickens.

Touching a chicken breast is a piece of cake compared to handling a whole chicken.

You see, you have to deal with the parts inside the chicken to cook the chicken. I don't understand why they don't just take those parts out. Why am I left to remove them?

The innards include parts no one I know eats. I think it' s like a liver, a kidney, and a spleen or something like that. But, don't quote me. That's what I imagined they were as I was pulling them out of the chicken ... not once, but twice. Twice.

Of course, I tried using a fork and knife and squeezing the chicken first before I maneuvered my hand into the cavity of the birds. You really have to use your hands. You just do.

You may wonder why I didn't just get Beau to do it. He's my go-to raw-meat-toucher guy.

Well, I would have, but he wasn't home and the chicken had to get in the oven.

After a lot of self-talk and "Ewww"s and talking to the dead chickens themselves and washing my hands 16 times inbetween steps, I finally removed the unwanted parts.

I was quite proud of myself.

And, the results ... delicious.
If you don't have a terra cotta baker, get one. It's the best way to bake chicken ... so moist and flavorful.

And, if this were to happen to me, I would probably have a heart attack. (one of my favorite "Friends" clips)


sara said...

love that clip!!!

way to go, it looks deelish!

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

I have a good friend who has the same phobia...and she used to be a home ec teacher. Cracks me up.

But your roasted chicken dish...there's nothing to laugh at there. That just looks GOOD.

Vanessa said...

I, too, and totally grossed out with raw meats. I can't mix ground meat with my hands. I have to use a big spoon. I have clevely inlisted my boys to make meatballs and burgers. They think it's a privilege but they'd never have them if they didn't make them. Chicken? I only buy those frozen pieces because the raw ones gross me out too much. This happened to me during my first pregnancy and I have never recovered. You were very brave to stick your hand in the chicken carcass. I'll have to work up to that one. Love the "Friends" clip! Can you imagine having your head in that turkey? Complete and total freak out for sure!

Janice said...

Is the terra cotta dish that you were talking about from Pampered Chef?

Katie@The Baby Factory said...

bahahaha....that clip is hilaraire. "It's Joey :(" Haha.
K...so I'm def gonna need that recipe. I tried a chicken recipe last night .....had lemon, and the veggies ended up tasting like straight lemons...it's gonna need some modification.

k. SO...what is a terra cotta baker??

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

I hate that "I" word....eeeek.

But I love me some chicken!!
Good LAWD, I love me some chicken.

Amy@My Front Porch said...

I love that clip :)

You can come cook for me anytime :)

Windy said...

love, love, love the clip, Friends is the best! I remember the first time I cooked a turkey on my own. My grandma told me to be sure and get the innards out. I didn't know what that was, but reached in and grabbed the neck and screamed so loud my hubby came running to the kitchen to find me on the floor. I still dread that part and cringe just thinking about it.
The chickens look delicious:)

H-Mama said...

and THAT, my friend, is one of the many reasons i just can't. do. meat. chicken juice... and all of it's innards. blech.

having said that, your dish looks yummy. ;) love a good terra cotta baker.

Cathy said...

The clip is too funny, but your chicken looks delicious!

Tante D's better half said...

girl, go get you a box of rubber exam gloves at Walgreens! that's what I use to mix up the ground beef for meatloaf. it'll fix all your problems. you're welcome. :)