Nugget is no more! We had to cull one of the little chicks about a week ago, I was afraid he was sick with something contagious but it turns out he was a victim of Nugget's aggressive behavior. So this past Saturday, even though he could have used a few more weeks to fatten up, we took Nugget out back and made him into, well, nuggets. I would have taken pictures but it was dark out and it was cold, so we were trying to get it done as fast as possible. But here is a picture of the final product. Look at all that nice, dark leg meat!
So last night I cooked up the bird and some potatoes, carrot and celery and tonight we are having chicken and dumplings. I use bisquick for the dumplings and they always turn out well. The trick with making the stew flavorful is to slowly cook the chicken (with listed seasoning), bones and all, until the meat falls right off, then remove the bird and debone. I then return the meat back into the pot and ad the vegetables. I added 2 bay leaves, some parsley, and a little rosemary for seasoning along with salt and pepper. The stew thickens a little because of the potatoes and dumplings, but I normally add a little flower dissolved in warm water to the mix prior to dropping the dumplings in to make it a little thicker.
Kayla lives with her family in South Dayton, NY. She along with her husband Jeff and daughter Tanner run a small farm raising all sorts of animals.