No bones about it: Here are the basics you need to know for winning chicken dinners.
Before you start dreaming about chicken braised in this or chicken roasted with that, you need to get the bird under control. It may need to be broken down, spatchcocked, trussed—and then after cooking, carved. You also want to avoid undercooking the thing.
Consider this collection of articles your primer on chicken 101. Get an A and you're on your way to A+ chicken dinners.
The Safest Way to Prep and Cook Chicken
How to Break Down a Chicken
The Best Ways to Cook Different Cuts of Chicken
How to Truss a Chicken
How to Spatchcock a Chicken
How to Know When Chicken is Done
How to Carve a Chicken (or Turkey)
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