Saturday, October 10, 2009

ABEL & COLE FREE RANGE CHICKEN


As a follow up to my Abel & Cole Organic Mixed Fruit and Vegetable Box sent to me several weeks ago, they asked if I would be interested in reviewing a free range chicken - well the answer wasn't that difficult was it!

The chicken arrived in a polystyrene insulated box - lift the lid and you will find it is well packaged and surrounded by reusable ice blocks and if it arrives on your doorstep whilst you are out, there is really no need to worry about it surviving until you arrive home. On inspection the chicken looks wonderfully fresh and comes complete with giblets for you to use, if you so wish.

My husband said we ought to cook it on the barbecue with the lid down, but I wasn't sure about this, I was really worried in case he cremated the poor thing! When he lifted the lid on the barbecue an hour and a half later, he presented me with a glistening golden chicken and I sighed with relief.

The chicken skin was crisp, golden and glistening and the meat was very tender and moist - in fact the chicken was a joy and we both agreed that it really was in league of it's own compared with run of the mill chickens and it actually tasted of chicken. Although, to be fair, in this house we only buy chickens from our QGuild Butcher and whilst they are very good they don't quite live up to the standard of Abel & Cole Free Range chickens.

Sometimes whole cooked chickens can be difficult to photograph and after all a chicken is, well a chicken isn't it? I decided to anoint the cooked chicken in a parsley, garlic and lemon seasoning to make it look photogenic!

The seasoning is quite simple: grate the rind of half an unwaxed lemon and mix with a handful of chopped parsley, 1 clove crushed garlic and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Season with pepper and anoint the chicken with the mix. Using a vegetable peeler remove the rind from the other half of the lemon, cut into thin strips and sprinkle over the chicken.

10 comments :

Janice said...

Gosh that does look good. I had chicken for dinner, did the long slow roasting method that was in the BBC Good Food 20 year anniversary booklet, very yummy.

Sophie said...

MMMMMMMMM,..that chicken looks so tasty & divine even,...

Excellent!!!!

Jan said...

That chicken looks delish - A great job your husband did there!

The Caked Crusader said...

There's something about a whole roast chicken that's almost spiritual! It's cheered me up just looking at it!

Alex said...

Roasts are always tricky to shoot, imo, but this looks mouthwateringly good!

pigpigscorner said...

wow, that's one good looking chicken.

Kelly-Jane said...

He did a great job with the BBQ! There is nothing like a fabulous chicken :)

Harriet_King said...

The chicken looks perfectly cooked, I can almost smell and taste it! A great idea to use the bbq. You have inspired me to cook a roast this Sunday and I too will give the bbq a go come rain or shine!

SarahKate said...

Yum yum yum! I get an Abel and Cole small box delivered every week and I love it! I haven't tried their meat yet, but that chicken looks lovely!

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