Preparing Chicken

Flattening Chicken

Flattening chicken is a helpful technique that will come up in various recipes. The main purpose of this method is to get the chicken to a consistent thickness, which promotes even cooking.
  1. Remove the tenderloin from the underside of each breast and save for another use.

  2. Place uncooked chicken between two sheets of waxed paper or plastic wrap.

  3. Using the flat side of a meat mallet, a flat circular meat tenderizer, a rolling pin, or even the bottom of a small pan, gently pound the chicken, from the center to the outside, until an even thickness is reached -- usually about 1/2 inch, though some "scallopini" dishes call for even thinner cutlets.

    Gently pounding the chicken to a consistent thickness promotes even cooking.
    Gently pounding the chicken to a consistent thickness promotes even cooking.
Take the time to prepare chicken properly will help ensure your finished product -- that is, your meal -- is as delicious as you hoped it would be!

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