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Getting to know your chicken

Whether you’re buying your chicken whole or in parts, it’s good to know what to look for. Chicken is such a versatile meat that is used in so many different ways from roasting to grilling. We’ve put together all you need to know about the different cuts of chicken you can use.

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Firstly, you can buy a whole chicken with all parts intact. This is ideal for your Sunday roast or if you’re serving a larger group of people. If you choose to buy a whole chicken, you will be able to eat both the white and dark meat. Most of us are used to eating the white meat of a chicken but the dark meat has a much richer flavour. Roasting a chicken in a wood fired oven only enhances the flavours and we love our Wood Roasted Beer Can Chicken recipe.

If you love the taste of a roasted chicken but don’t have the patience to wait for it to cook, you’ll be after a spatchcock chicken. All you need to do is remove the backbone of your chicken using a sharp pair of kitchen scissors, flip it over and flatten it down on a baking tray. You will be able to get all the lovely flavours of a roast chicken in around 30-40 minutes. Coat your spatchcock in fragrant herbs and spices for a tasty meal.

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The most popular piece of chicken would have to be the chicken breast. Each chicken has two breast fillets that can be found either side of the breast bone. They consist of only white meat and can be bought skinless or with the skin on. Chicken breasts are so versatile you can use them for nearly everything, we love to chop them up for our Wood Fried Moroccan Chicken Skewers recipe.

Chicken thighs are also a popular cut to buy. They consist of just the dark meat to give a rich flavour. Chicken thighs can be bought boneless or on the bone as well as, with the skin or without. We think this cut of meat is ideal for tray bakes like our Wood Fired Cilantro-Lime-Chicken-Thigh-Recipe-9Coriander and Lime Chicken Thighs.

In the summer months, chicken drumsticks and wings are a firm favourite in most households. Both of these cuts are made up of dark chicken meat and are great for kids as they can pick them up with their fingers. We’ve got a great Spicy Chicken Wings recipe as well as Wood Fired Chicken with Dates, Olives and Capers.

We’ve got a whole host of different chicken recipes on our website so, head over to find your new favourite.

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