Knowing how to cut up a chicken is a fundamental kitchen skill. Sure, you can buy chicken in pieces, but you pay more to have someone else do very easy work you can do yourself. A whole chicken can go remarkably far if you plan properly.
This video from the New York Times shows you how it’s done. Once you get used to the process, it will only take you a few minutes to cut up and part out an entire chicken into multiple pieces, ready for individual cooking or freezing. Another good reason to cut up your own chickens is that you come away with the backbone, which is perfect for making stock, as you’ll see in the video above. Plus, since white meat cooks faster than dark meat, you can roast, bake, grill or even sous vide different parts of the chicken and keep them all at the perfect level of doneness without overcooking the others.
Obviously, it makes sense to buy a package of chicken pieces if you need a lot of the same piece, but if you’re just filling a freezer, doing it yourself makes sense. Check out the video, then hit the link below for more tips (and serving suggestions).
A Whole Chicken Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Pieces [New York Times via Cool Tools and Adam Pash]