Posts Tagged ‘Chicken Portion’

The chicken challenge.

Usually when I get a lovely Free-Range Chicken for the family, i’ll roast it, and i’m sure somewhere there’s a statistic saying that the vast majority of chicken eaten in this country are roasted and only make the one meal, with the leftovers binned, which really is such a waste.

So I decided to set myself a little challenge…..to make a chicken go as far as I could for my family.

I decided that splitting the chicken into portions would get the best value for money out of it, and the giblets were still there for me to use too.

To portion out a chicken you need to do the following.

Cut the skin between the leg and body and pull back the leg until the join pops open, using the tip of the knife, cut through the leg joint and separate the leg, do this both sides. Then do the same for the wings.

This should leave you with 2 legs and 2 wings and the body, if not then either you’ve done something wrong or you have a very odd chicken.

Then it’s simply a case of removing the breast by either cutting through the bone just below the breast meat to remove the crown from the back section, or you can  use a thin sharp knife to cut out the breasts. The crown then can be split into two by slicing to one side of the breastbone cutting through the bone.

Over the next few days, I used all the meat in the following ways, Arroz con Pollo ( Paella style rice and  chicken) see next post. I roasted the back section with the giblets and bones to make a chicken soup with noodles and greens. I made Chicken Fajitas with one breast using the meat sliced thinly. The next night was Chicken with noodles and black bean sauce. So very happy that I made four meals using one chicken, very good value for money and a real feeling that I had made the most of the chicken.

 

 

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