raw chicken
2007 Michael Glasgow
Chicken is a nutritious lean meat and a tasty addition to any meal.

Perhaps you bought a whole chicken on sale and want to cut it up and freeze it for later use. Or maybe you bought whole chicken breasts only to discover that the recipe you want to make calls for boneless, skinless chicken breast cutlets. Smart cooks know how to perform a few simple kitchen techniques to prepare chicken for any kind of recipe.

We'll walk you through a few common techniques it pays to know in this article, starting with cutting a whole chicken into halves or quarters on the next page.

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