Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr
I think this came from the Frugal gourmet's tv show - was it back in the 80's? Anyway, this technique of "sealing in the juices" is wonderful and it ends the controversy (at least with me) whether the chicken on the grill is "really done". Try this.
- 8 -10 chicken drumsticks, any chicken with bone and skin on would be fine
- 1 cup barbecue sauce (I use "Cookies", a brand that originates from Iowa)
- Choose a stockpot or large sauce pan, depending on amount of chicken you are making.
- Fill pot with water and bring to boil.
- Place chicken with skin in pot until it stops boiling.
- (Seals in juices) Remove chicken from pot.
- Bring pot to a boil again.
- Put chicken back in and bring to a full boil.
- When water and chicken are boiling again, put lid on pan, turn burner off.
- Let stand for one hour.
- Finish chicken by placing on grill for 15- 20 minutes Brush with barbecue sauce.
- Preparation time is an estimate.
You can also use this method with a whole chicken which is how Jeff Smith demonstrated it on his show. When I want to cook a whole chicken for shredded meat, this is the only way I do it now. Just skip the grilling and bbq sauce. You can even use up to a 4.5 pound chicken! It still cooks all the way through after 1 hour of resting in the liquid. One note, though. I usually have my chicken at or near room temperature before I start the cooking process.