Becoming familiar with how to break down and cut up a whole chicken into 10 pieces is almost a foodie requirement these days and helps cooks save a lot of money. I've written a few posts covering how to cut up chicken. A good one below.
Ever dreamed of being on Food Network's show "Chopped"?
This post shows the actual cost breakdown of a whole chicken piece by piece compared to the prepackaged bought at the grocery store.
Cutting Up A Whole Chicken
The price of chicken is very reasonable. But paying $4 for 4 chicken thighs at the grocery is crazy when the whole chicken costs between $5-$10, depending on the area you live.
Grocery stores use to never sell chicken stock, only chicken broth...
What's the difference? Chicken broth is the exact same thing as reselling/repackaging the liquid the poached chicken was cooked in. Yep, zero difference at all.
Chicken Stock is made from chicken bones and marrow which means high quality and deeper flavor. Chicken broth is almost worthless in the way of favor. If you're in a hurry or in a pinch I suggest buying the chicken stock "base" in small jars at the grocery. Big flavor in small places.
I think most of us agree homemade is better. That means the homemade chicken stock is high on that list.
Watch How To Cut Up A Whole Chicken
Let's Make Homemade Chicken Stock
Here is a restaurant tested recipe that will help take your next cooking adventure to the next level. If you use this recipe in place of the standard grocery store chicken broth you've been using, then you're about to make the best version of your dish you've ever made. Flavor wins every time, and chicken broth isn't flavor.
What in the world can I make with chicken stock?
Personal favorite way to use homemade chicken stock is making homemade chicken tortilla soup. Do you have chicken tortilla soup where you live>? I sure hope so because it is so incredibly delicious and deep in flavor. It is a soup that is layered with layers of flavor. Yes, that's the way I would describe chicken tortilla soup. This dish is only OK when made with chicken broth. Use homemade chicken stock, and you'll become the kitchen rock-star your ingredients deserve. Here's the recipe: When you make this recipe you really need to freeze a little for later 🙂
First Video on Chicken Butchery
How to cut up a whole chicken into 8 pieces, plus two extra special pieces
How to Butcher Half a Chicken into 2 whole pieces
Great for the Grill or Italian Tuscan Brick Chicken