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Chicken for dinner.

(46 Posts)
annsixty Wed 15-Sep-21 11:47:50

Do you serve chicken occasionally for dinner or supper for guests?
I was reminded this morning that two of my friends never do and in fact they both consider it a cheap option and not really dinner party food.
Let’s not get into free range chicken and the cost of that, I am talking chicken in general.

I have ,in the past often served it in lots of ways, it is so versatile, coq up vin, paprika chicken. In a cream mushroom and white wine sauce, just to name a few.
I wouldn’t serve up roast with veg, that is a family meal I think.

Also it is easy to prepare earlier and not leave guests alone.

Of course neither of us are wrong or right.
I just wondered about other people’s views.

TillyTrotter Thu 16-Sep-21 08:02:36

Here’s a pic.

Whitewavemark2 Thu 16-Sep-21 08:53:51

kittylester

How could I forget Tarragon Chicken!!! It's the reason I planted tarragon!

Mine hasn’t grown at all this year😲 just stayed tiny.

Do you take yours into the greenhouse overwinter kitty?

kittylester Thu 16-Sep-21 09:08:51

No - we don't have a greenhouse. I just chop it down when it's beyond help and feed the pot in spring.

I find it a bit temperamental. I was shocked to see a friend's tarragon flourishing in a year when mine was hardly growing. I buy freeze dried if I see it.

Sago Thu 16-Sep-21 09:09:23

I have often served a roast for a dinner party, usually beef or lamb, it always goes down well.

New season Welsh lamb with Irish roast potatoes (Queens) fresh peas, chanteney carrots and tender stem broccoli, homemade mint sauce & red currant jelly and of course.

Delicious.

Sago Thu 16-Sep-21 09:10:00

Gravy, I missed the gravy!

Ladyleftfieldlover Thu 16-Sep-21 09:13:50

I always buy organic or free range chicken. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for. I have Diana Henry’s ‘A Bird in the Hand’ and that has some brilliant recipes. One, a whole chicken cooked with milk, bay leaves, garlic and lemons, is a family favourite.

JackyB Thu 16-Sep-21 09:23:32

I wouldn't do chicken for a special one-off meal for guests, but after reading this thread I am wondering why. Here in Germany it is considered even more of a "cheap option".

If I have guests staying for a few days I wouldn't hesitate to offer some as a weekday meal, especially as it can require little preparation. However, the only guests I ever have are family and they prefer meat-free.

Redhead56 Thu 16-Sep-21 10:35:15

I only eat free range chicken or eggs from a local farm shop. It’s a protein my DH would eat every day but not me I don’t eat a lot of meat these days.
If having family or friends around I would include chicken as part of a mezze tapas or thali type of meaI. A variety of dishes it’s what people like best rather than a big roast.

Witzend Thu 16-Sep-21 11:38:32

TillyTrotter, I will look up that recipe. M&S skinless, boneless chicken thighs are always very good, and are often on a 3 for 2 offer.

Whitewavemark2 Thu 16-Sep-21 11:47:46

The point is that chicken is only cheap because of the way it is produced.

Buy a properly reared chicken who has had the freedom to roam without hormones etc and fed naturally then you will pay for a cruelty free bird that tastes just as chicken should taste.

So yes - dead cheap meat from chickens intensively reared, that has little flavour and the knowledge that you have helped encourage cruel practices or respect for the animal and the knowledge that you have ensured a natural existence for the animal in its time on this earth.

Deedaa Thu 16-Sep-21 11:54:29

Tarragon chicken was the first meal I cooked after we got married!

Elusivebutterfly Thu 16-Sep-21 12:33:55

I haven't done dinner parties for a long time but it would not occur to me that people would look down on chicken because it is cheap. Some older men say chicken is tasteless and prefer stronger flavour meat but price is not the issue there. Pork is also cheap so that would be ruled out as well.
For every day meals, I rarely eat red meat and thought a lot of other people were cutting down on it as well.

Lucca Thu 16-Sep-21 12:34:18

Sago

I have often served a roast for a dinner party, usually beef or lamb, it always goes down well.

New season Welsh lamb with Irish roast potatoes (Queens) fresh peas, chanteney carrots and tender stem broccoli, homemade mint sauce & red currant jelly and of course.

Delicious.

Oh I’m in good company ! I’ve done roasts for friends too because I know I can do them well!

JaneJudge Thu 16-Sep-21 12:42:40

I am just grateful when other people cook for me tbh

Whitewavemark2 Thu 16-Sep-21 12:44:33

JaneJudge

I am just grateful when other people cook for me tbh

And me🙂

H1954 Thu 16-Sep-21 12:52:41

The only part of chicken that we buy is the breasts and the only way I would consider serving it to dinner guests is in a curry.
No point in me buying and cooking a whole bird as so much would be wasted, hence I just get the breasts.

Germanshepherdsmum Thu 16-Sep-21 14:30:41

Whitewavemark2

The point is that chicken is only cheap because of the way it is produced.

Buy a properly reared chicken who has had the freedom to roam without hormones etc and fed naturally then you will pay for a cruelty free bird that tastes just as chicken should taste.

So yes - dead cheap meat from chickens intensively reared, that has little flavour and the knowledge that you have helped encourage cruel practices or respect for the animal and the knowledge that you have ensured a natural existence for the animal in its time on this earth.

So true. I only buy free range chicken and eggs. I realise though that some cannot afford to. If I couldn’t afford it I would rather go without. Definitely wouldn’t hesitate to serve chicken to guests. So versatile.

Love that pic Tilly! Delicious!

Pammie1 Thu 16-Sep-21 14:39:51

I don’t see it as the cheap option - especially if you go for free range/organic. I also think it’s really versatile, so I’d have no problem serving it to guests.

nadateturbe Thu 16-Sep-21 15:08:17

What nonsense. I serve what I think will be nice and tasty (well I did, never have dinner parties now) . I never think of whether its expensive or a cheap option.

kittylester Thu 16-Sep-21 17:36:23

I rarely buy breast as it can quickly become dry and tasteless. Although this thread has prompted me to order 2 supremes to make marsala chicken.