Crawfish and Jambalaya Stuffed Chicken...from Buc-ee's

Categories: On the Road

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Lauren Marmaduke
Fine dining from the mother of all gas stations.
​My girlfriends and I have started a ritual of semi-weekly get-togethers over beer, wine and a home-cooked meal. On the menu last week was a Crawfish and Jambalaya Stuffed Chicken a friend picked up at an interstate gas station on the way back from San Antonio. Normally the suggestion of filling station fare would be less than enticing, but we weren't talking about any old convenience store. This bird was from Buc-ee's.

Yes, Buc-ee's, a magical roadside oasis based around founder Beaver Aplin's idea that if you build clean bathrooms, people will come. And spend a lot of money on everything else you put in the store.

The selection at Buc-ee's runs the gambit from kitschy Texas novelty items (like an entire section devoted to Redneck anti-theft signage--"You steal, I shoot"), T-shirts, bumper stickers, and hats all bearing the likeness of their beaver mascot, to high-end snack food, freshly roasted nuts, and (apparently) whole, frozen deboned chickens stuffed with a variety of fillings. And the stuff isn't cheap. Much of the brand-name candy and snack food is repackaged with the Buc-ee's label and sold in larger quantities at a higher price. The aforementioned chickens go for around $15. But the mass of humanity found swarming around any of the 25 Texas locations doesn't seem to care much, another testimonial to the value of a tidy restroom when you're on the road.

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egghead, texasbbqforum.com
Another way to prepare a Buc-ee's stuffed chicken, posted on texasbbqforum.com
This would all be a moot point if the chicken weren't delicious and easy to prepare, but after thawing and baking for an hour and a half (stopping every 30 minutes to reposition and baste it with butter) the bird was a gorgeous golden brown; the meat moist and flavorful. Served atop a bed of lightly sauteed Brussels sprouts, pancetta, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and shallots, the stuffed chicken was as pretty a plate as any you'd expect to see at a fancy, upscale restaurant. Knowing it came from Buc-ee's made it twice as fun.



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3 comments
John Davis
John Davis

Buc-ee's catered our team tent at the MS-150 - sausage, fajitas, grilled veggies. You'd never guess it was catered by a gas station.

Dennis H.
Dennis H.

Haven't tried Buc-ee's stuffed chickens but save yourselves a drive and buy them at Hebert's Specialty Meats on Richmond and Loop 610 in the Galleria area. Their deboned stuffed chickens are the real deal. Try the stuffed pork chops while you're at it.

Tracygrossbard
Tracygrossbard

Did Pete's fine meats become Herbert's Specialty Meats?

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