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The Most Flavorful, Crispy Poultry EVER!
Duck confit is one of my favorite dishes when I’m eating out at a fancy restaurant. But, I recently got to thinking…why don’t I figure out how to make this dish myself, using a more common poultry you’d find in your kitchen: chicken!
OK, so first, what the heck is confit?
The website SeriousEats.com describes it this way…
…”The word confit (pronounced “kon-FEE”) derives from the French verb confire, which simply means to preserve. Traditionally, confit simply refers to any sort of preserved food, whether it's meat, fruit, or vegetables. This preservation takes place by slowly cooking food in a liquid that is inhospitable to bacterial growth. With fruits, this is generally a very concentrated sugar syrup; with meats and vegetables, a pure fat. Once cooked, the food is then packed into containers and completely submerged in the liquid, creating an impenetrable barrier and preventing any further bacterial growth. Since the just-cooked food is nearly sterile as it is submerged and is cut off from any potential bacterial contamination sources, it can be thusly stored for a very long time indeed. Properly confit'ed duck legs, for instance, can last several weeks in a cool room, several months in a refrigerator. Confit fruit can last for years…Confit is to deep fat frying what barbecue is to grilling. Low and slow versus fast and furious.”
What they fail to mention is that the 6-8 hour slow-cooking process in fat or lard or some other preferably heat-stable oil like avocado or macadamia nut oil will result in the most mouth-watering, flavorful, juicy, crispy poultry you’ll ever bite into—especially if you give it a quick sear in a pan or broil for a few minutes to get the skin even crispier afterward. In fat, meats cook and tenderize with virtually no moisture loss or flavor loss.
So…that’s what I did!
This recipe is so simple and SO GOOD…and here’s how it goes:
- Into a big ol’ dutch pot, put a whole chicken (I used a pastured chicken from US Wellness Meats).
- Cover the chicken in spices and herbs, then put the lid on the pot and put it in the fridge for 12-14 hours. This will help you get crispier skin and dry the chicken a bit so it absorbs more fat. For spices, I used salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, paprika, dill, and bay leaves.
- Take the chicken out, discard any juices in the bottom of the pot, then cover the chicken in your fat of choice. I used beef suet, coconut oil, and lard. Extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, etc. could also work. Drench that baby!
- Put the lid on the chicken and put it into an oven or grill (I used my Traeger Grill which gives a really nice even cook) at 220°F for about 8 hours.
- Remove from heat, and either a) refrigerate the entire pot, fat and all, to broil or fry the chicken at any point you want a quick tasty bite. This dish will stay good for over a week in your fridge, or b) fry in a cast-iron skillet with some of the fat, or put into a roasting pan and broil for about 6-8 minutes to get the skin super crispy (that’s my favorite method).
Bite into this dish and tell me you haven’t ever had a better bird…I’d be shocked (unless you frequent fancy French restaurants on the regular, I s’pose)! ;)
OK, anybody else out there try confit? If so, how do you do it? Leave a comment. And, more importantly, perhaps, have you grabbed my new cookbook yet at BoundlessCookbook.com? It’s got tons of cool recipes like this one. Go grab it! You’ll love it!
The New Breath & Fitness Course I Did With My Kids Last Week
Last year, I took my kids through a 5-week mash-up of breathwork training combined with Wim Hof protocols and cold plunges. Our instructor for that course, which was all conducted online via audios and videos, was my friend and former podcast guest Niraj Naik, who I interviewed in the show “The Renegade Pharmacist: How To Increase The Effects Of Psilocybin, The Secrets Of Colostrum, Fixing Constipation With Breathwork & More.”
Niraj recently launched a new, shorter course called SomaFit, which primarily focuses on breath-hold time (BHT), carbon dioxide retention, and nitric oxide production—along with some pretty cool exercise and sleep enhancement strategies. I took my 13-year-old twin sons through it last week, and it was incredible.
For example, my own BHT—which, in the course, you discover is a big marker of health and longevity—increased by nearly 20 seconds (up to 52 seconds!) over the duration of the course. It was such a fun (and simple) experience that not only do I plan on doing a repeat podcast with Niraj about it. So stay tuned for that, and in the meantime, if you want to try this course out for yourself you can click here and enter code GREENFIELD for 10% off.
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