Buying a whole chicken and cutting it up yourself can save a lot of money, but the process can be a little overwhelming. In this video, I show you how to easily cut up a whole chicken for your recipes.
Why should I cut up my own chicken?
There are some seriously finger-lickin’ good reasons to consider wrestling with a whole chicken instead of grabbing its pre-cut cousins from the store.
First off, it’s like getting a bonus deal at the supermarket. Buying a whole chicken is often more budget-friendly. You’re getting more cluck for your buck, if you will. Plus, you can tailor the cuts to your liking. Want a chunkier breast piece for that family BBQ? You got it. Thinner slices for a quick stir-fry? No problem. You’re the chef, and that chicken is your canvas.
If you’re planning to fry chicken, it’s often best to cut up a whole chicken because you’re going to get smaller pieces that are easier to get cooked through before the outside gets too dark.
Then there’s the flavor factor. When you cook chicken on the bone, you’re inviting a whole symphony of flavors to the dinner table. It’s like the difference between a one-man band and a full orchestra playing in your mouth. And let’s not forget about those bones and leftover bits. They’re like a golden ticket to homemade broth town, rich and cozy – perfect for soups, stews, or a sneaky sipping broth when no one’s looking.
But here’s the real kicker: It’s like a mini masterclass in your kitchen. Getting up close and personal with a whole chicken teaches you about the different parts of the bird, how they come together, and how each part is best cooked. It’s empowering, like you’re unlocking a new level in your culinary game.
So, while it might take a bit more time and effort, think of it as an adventure. You’re not just cutting up a chicken; you’re crafting a masterpiece, saving some bucks, and setting the stage for some seriously delicious meals. Plus, you’ll have bragging rights – “Yeah, I butchered that chicken myself” – and who doesn’t love a good kitchen brag? Happy chopping!