How to Turn One Chicken Into A Week of Meals

January  3, 2018

Let me break this down for you: buying (and taking apart) a whole chicken is well worth the extra time and effort. By divvying up a chicken into thighs, wings, and breasts (and putting those wonderful leftover bones and skin to use) you will be rewarded with a week of abundant dinners. Use the breasts for creamy curries, turn drumsticks into speedy sheet-pan meals, or braise the thighs in cast iron for a perfect, crispy sear.

Worried about breaking down a raw chicken? Don’t be. It isn’t nearly as scary as you think—just grab a sharp knife and review this guide for a boost of kitchen confidence:

Using this method will leave you with two bone-in legs and thighs, two full wings, and two boneless breasts. Now that you know how to break down your chicken, here are some inspirations for how to cook each cut:

Thighs & Drumsticks



All those wonderful leftover parts

Do you break down your chicken dinners? What's your winning technique? Share in the comments!

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A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).

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Rachelwrites January 3, 2018
I think this is a wonderful idea. However, I'd love to see an instructional article on how to make a certain set of meals instead of just ideas.
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Katie M. January 4, 2018
I like your suggestion! I'll keep in mind for a future article :)
AntoniaJames January 9, 2018
Rachelwrites, I did a quick search in articles for "chicken all week." Among the results are these four pieces, which you may find helpful: <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br />;o)