Friday, January 21, 2011

TRUSSING A CHICKEN, THE CUSINERA’S WAY….

CHICKENS 1.5KG EACH© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

I will show you how I trussed my chickens when I cooked my roasted chickens last Christmas.  This is not the proper way to truss a chicken, because there’s a right way to do it to avoid the string marks across the breast part.  The reason why I double string my chicken wings is that I seal my chickens in the frying pan and I find the standard way of trussing makes me frustrated as the wings flap out from its tucked in position, every time I flip my chicken to seal all parts using my pair of tongs.

WHAT YOU NEED:

1 whole chicken (1.5kg), stuffed

1.5 metre of roasting string, approximately

 

TRUSSING ROPE© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

~  I recommended 1.5 metres roasting string, as it is better to have too much then less.

TRUSSING CHICKEN STEP1© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

~  Tuck in the wing tips behind the shoulder.

TRUSSING CHICKEN STEP2© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

~  With the excess skins on the entrance of the chicken cavity, overlap them together to hide the stuffing.  Find the middle part of your string and loop it on the backside of your chicken.

TRUSSING CHICKEN STEP3© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

~  Loop over the strings over the end parts of the drumsticks and make a cross with your strings.

TRUSSING CHICKEN STEP4© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

~  Loop it under the drumsticks ends and make the strings go upwards, making sure that you have made the string firm/tight enough so that the filling is secure inside the chicken.  Run the string on the side of the chicken between the breast and thigh part towards the wings area.

TRUSSING CHICKEN STEP5© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

~  Flip over the chicken while gripping the strings tightly.  Run the strings under the chicken armpits (hehehehehe! “chicken armpits”).

TRUSSING CHICKEN STEP6© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

~  Cross over the strings on top of the chicken shoulder.

TRUSSING CHICKEN STEP7© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

~  Wrap the strings around the middle wing parts, making it really secure against the body.

TRUSSING CHICKEN STEP9© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

~  Flip over the chicken while holding your strings tightly and make a knot on the top of the breast area.

TRUSSING CHICKEN STEP10© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

~  Cut off the excess strings….and there you have it, a “hog tied” (trussed) chicken=P

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tutorial, Althea! I certainly don't know how to do truss a chicken nor have I actually tried stuffing a whole chicken either..I'll keep this post in mind when I finally do. :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is definitely a must-read tutorial. Roast chicken looks so much better when it's trussed :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thanks for sharing this tip. I never tried doing this before.

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...