Bought a frozen hen from my butcher last week....same place where I buy fresh chicken and various kinds of meat. Good store...but this was the only time I bought a frozen chicken from them, or anyone else for that matter. Stuck the frozen hen in the freezer awaiting the day for a spatchcock on the BGE. Contacted some friends to share the hen with...unfortunately ( fortunately?? ) they couldn't make it, sooo my wife and I decided to be greedy and have it to ourselves. Defrosted and seasoned the hen, got the BGE up to temp and placed the hen on raised direct @ 400* dome. Sat back in my easy chair dreaming of chicken to come.
I must regress a bit... weeks ago I had cataract surgery on both eyes. Got the medicare lenses...thus I need reading glasses for up close work.
OK, back to the chicken. After 45 min on the BGE, internal temp of...165* breast, 185* thigh...perfect. Pulled the hen of the BGE and let it rest for 20 min. After resting, I started to carve the bird....trouble, trouble, trouble. Could hardly cut the damn thing...but managed to put some bits on our plates. Bottom line, we couldn't eat any of it...it was tough as an old bird. I didn't know what was wrong. I've cooked/BBQ/BGE'ed chicken for most of my life...I never experienced anything quite like this. My better half thought I had purchased a STEWING HEN, which her mother used when making chicken soup. No, said I...I would have noticed that fact on the packaging. So, out to the garbage, found the outer packaging and clear as a bell ( with my reading glasses on ) it read STEWING HEN. Directions...cook it submerged in water for 4 hours, or longer, at a low temp.
What a waste...time, money and appetite. The only saving grace...our friends couldn't join us for dinner. What an embarrassment that would have been. Moral of the story...use your reading glasses!!