My chicken roulade has always come out stringy.
- Owen Lee
Note: The following article is an edited transcript from the video.
I haven't done any chicken roulade, but I've made a decent amount of turkey roulade which is pretty similar and I've cooked a whole lot of chicken breasts. I'm not sure if you were using white meat or dark meat in the roulade or what sous vide temperature you used.
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I've had really good results using turkey breast and cooking the roulade at a 140°F (60°C), which is generally what I like to sous vide turkey breast at. We normally think of turkey breast as being a real tender meat, but it's actually a pretty tough cut. It can benefit from longer cooking times, so I sous vide my turkey breast for about 10 to 12 hours.
This year I made a turkey roulade for Thanksgiving. The night before, I rolled it and put a dry brine on it and threw it in the fridge. When I woke up the next morning, I put the roulade in the sous vide machine and pulled it out like at 4pm when we were ready to eat.
I wasn't really timing it because it doesn't matter. The longer it goes, the more tender it becomes, and there was plenty of time for it to turn out delicious. Chefsteps recommends 24 hours at 130°F (54.4°C) for their turkey breast recipe. I always select a shorter time than they use because I never plan that far ahead on Thanksgiving!
Make sure you don't sear it too long, as this can also cause a problem. Over searing tends to make both turkey and chicken a little tougher and stringier on the outside. If you're trying to get a real good sear, the fact that the roulade is a football shape, doesn't help.
It's hard to get a good sear on the roulade with without overcooking it if you're just using a pan with just a tad of oil. I recommend you either use more oil to deep fry it or I cooked mine with my blow torch and on a hot pan at the same time. This combo works slick for getting the nooks and crannies while still giving you a kind of a good oil crusty sear on it.
That's the scoop on my turkey roulade. It can turn out good for you too.
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