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How to cook a large hen?

I made my first fresh "hen" tonight thinking it would cook up like a large chicken.  While the color was a beautiful golden brown, the meat was tought as leather.  I tried cooking it a little longer on a low heat to see if I could get it more tender.  There was very small marginal improvement.  I don't want to throw this out, but I feel the only option I have left is to boil it to try to get it to become more tender.  Do you have any other suggestions?
asked Nov 13, 2013 by Marianne

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4 Answers

Very sorry friend. You can't compare Broiler Chicken with Cuury Chicken.Because Broiler Chickens are grown for flesh and curry chickens (Hens) are for laying eggs. So the flesh of Hens are much tighter than broilers. But taste is good. Only thing you have to do is cut the flesh from the bird and cook little longer after marinating adding viniger and black pepper with salt for about 20 minutes.
answered Nov 13, 2013 by Pujitha Ranawake (2,420 points)
Another idea is to cut this up and make soup out of the chicken and drippings.............add celery & carrots real small and put a lid on it and just enough chicken broth to cover it..cook the chicken that is cooked until it is tender take it out and cook the veggies.............add cooked rice or noodles to it and chopped fresh parsley, crusty bread, a big fresh veggie salad and hot or cold tea or coffee.
answered Nov 16, 2013 by josie (51,120 points)
You can only roast a roaster chicken and stew a stewer chicken................stewers are done in liquid or they get very tough.  For your roast they have special roasting bags that you put some flour in the bottom and secure it and use what they give you in the box for securing it and then trim off the excess.  This keeps the juices in and place that in a oven pan and becareful as the bag will be hot.....read the directions carefully..........
answered Dec 19, 2013 by josie (51,120 points)
I have a feeling that your large hen was a rooster.............they are the toughest of all to cook.  We had an rooster that was about 3 or 4 years old and my spouse cleaned him and we boiled it for several days and it still was like shoe leather.  It was so tough, we could not eat it.......
answered Jan 18, 2014 by josie (51,120 points)

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