Rooster is not commonly eaten in the United States because its meat is tough and dries out easily. However, it is sometimes used in French cuisine, most notably in coq au vin, or poultry in wine. Cooking rooster to a tender texture is a time consuming and challenging process; however, if you have roosters available from a farm or butcher shop, your efforts can turn rooster meat into an appetizing source of protein.
Preparing Rooster Meat
Cut rooster meat into small pieces, about 1/2 inch thick. Discard organs and skin.
Place the rooster meat in a large, sealable freezer bag. Pour in enough red wine to completely cover the pieces and seal the bag.
Put the sealed freezer bag in the refrigerator and allow the rooster meat to marinate in the wine for 24 to 48 hours. The wine helps break down and tenderize the meat.
Remove the rooster meat from the freezer bag. Pat the pieces dry with paper towels.
Slow Cooker Method
Place marinated rooster meat in a slow cooker. Add enough vegetable broth to completely cover the meat pieces.
Turn the slow cooker on the lowest heat setting possible. Place the cover on the slow cooker.
Allow the meat to simmer in the slow cooker for 12 to 16 hours, or until the meat is tender. During cooking, add liquid as necessary to cover the rooster meat, and stir every hours to make sure the pieces are uniformly cooked.
Arrange rooster meat pieces in a single layer in a shallow glass baking dish. Cover with vegetable broth. Place the lid on the baking dish.
Place the baking dish in an oven and turn the oven on the lowest heat setting.
Bake the rooster meat for eight to 12 hours or until tender. Stir and add vegetable broth as necessary to prevent the meat from burning or drying out.
- "It Must've Been Something I Ate: The Return of the Man Who Ate Everything"; Jeffrey Steingarten; 2002
- "Gourmet Paris"; Emmanuel Rubin; 1999
- Avoid eating or serving undercooked rooster meat, which can increase your risk of infection and illness from salmonella.
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