The Dinner That Wasn’t: The Tale of The Bloody Bird

So I wanted to share with you a recipe for Honey Ginger Soy Chicken today, instead that will have to wait until the next time I decide to make it. For now I will regal you with my tale of kitchen flops or as I like to call it the dinner that wasn’t. Now I could entertain you with The Tale of Blackened Mashed Potatoes or perhaps Catching Fire: Birthday Cake Edition. Instead this is The Tale of The Bloody Bird.

I had peeled the skin off before I had realized it was under-cooked  in an effort to get a decent picture. But yep I am the woman who burnt the skin and under-cooked the bird, this time.

I had peeled the skin off before I had realized it was under-cooked to get a decent picture. But yep I am the woman who burnt the skin and under-cooked the bird, this time.

I plan my meals out in two-week intervals. The meals are set on my weekly calendar/ to-do list in my kitchen. One would assume that this arrangement lends itself to pre-planning and well executed preparations. Alas that is often not the case with me, especially in this instance.

If things had been well executed or even considered ahead of time I would have had the chicken marinating the night before. Or at the least I would have had the chicken thawed out ahead of time. Instead I was pulling frozen chicken out of the freeze at 2 pm today. I figured I had a couple of hours the it could sorta marinate, and then I could cook it low and slow in the oven.

Well my afternoon got away from. I put the chicken quarters in the oven much later than I would have wanted, 5 pm. A half hour into it I am struggling with the dinner time crankies. Those of both myself and the children. That is when things go sideways. I cut my time little short. I crank up the time on the oven and in rush to get to dinner on the table I forget to temp the bird all together. Needless to say it was not pretty.

Moral of the story: Plan. And if you find that it is day of for a chicken meal and the chicken is not thawed switch with another meal that is more forgiving. Well that and see no one has it all together all of the time.

2 thoughts on “The Dinner That Wasn’t: The Tale of The Bloody Bird

  1. ladybugtag

    being a full time work out of the home mom, I am often only starting dinner at 5 or later. I pull the frozen chicken out and toss it (in packaging) under cool running water for 10-15 minutes. This usually thaws it out quickly. if it is still frozen, I use the defrost setting on my microwave. Dinner is done and serve-able by 6-6:30.
    I also make meal plans, but I dont set the days of the meals. I just know that I have the ingredients for X number of meals ready and pick which one we want that day. Sometimes I pre-plan a little by doing a lot of cooking in one day so that the other days I am just reheating. For example I will crock pot chicken with salsa and broth while I make something else for dinner. the chicken salsa mix can then be used for quesadillas, tacos, nachos, served over rice etc. (Usually I make enough to get 3 meals out of it). This way it is quick to the table.
    Hope you have better luck next time and thanks for sharing! I have had my share of flops and I’m glad to know I’m not alone.

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    1. Sara R. Post author

      When I finally do get the recipe up it is simple to prepare and one that busy work from home mom might like. It pleases all the picky eaters in my house and when I plan well it is one that is prepared the night before, the only thing is it does take a little over an hour in the oven.

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