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How to Turn One Chicken Into A Week of Meals

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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:

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How to Break Down a Chicken ( + How to Make Chicken Stock)
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How to Break Down a Chicken ( + How to Make Chicken Stock)

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

For Perfectly Braised Chicken Thighs, Memorize This Technique
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For Perfectly Braised Chicken Thighs, Memorize This Technique
Spicy Braised Chicken with Citrus and Rhubarb
Spicy Braised Chicken with Citrus and Rhubarb
Tunisian Chicken by Way of Burma

Tunisian Chicken by Way of Burma by hardlikearmour

Chicken Adobo with Rice

Chicken Adobo with Rice by Jackie Varriano

Three Cup Chicken
Three Cup Chicken

Breasts

Oma's Chicken Paprikash
Oma's Chicken Paprikash
Cheap Creamy Chicken Curry

Cheap Creamy Chicken Curry by Table9

Thai Coconut Chicken Soup (Tom Kha Gai)

Thai Coconut Chicken Soup (Tom Kha Gai) by thaifoodie

How to Make Stuffed Roast Chicken Breast (or Turkey, or Duck) Without a Recipe

How to Make Stuffed Roast Chicken Breast (or Turkey, or D... by pierino

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Sesame Noodles with Swiss Chard and Chicken

Sesame Noodles with Swiss Chard and Chicken by Alexandra Stafford

Massaman-Inspired Chicken Noodle Soup
Massaman-Inspired Chicken Noodle Soup

Wings

Za'atar Grilled Chicken Wings with Fava Bean Feta Dip
Za'atar Grilled Chicken Wings with Fava Bean Feta Dip
Reform Jewish Penicillin

Reform Jewish Penicillin by drbabs

Michael Ruhlman's Rosemary-Brined, Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Michael Ruhlman's Rosemary-Brined, Buttermilk Fried Chicken by Genius Recipes

Ideas in Food's Korean-Style Chicken Wings
Ideas in Food's Korean-Style Chicken Wings

All those wonderful leftover parts

Chicken Stock

Chicken Stock by Cara Nicoletti

Chicken Giblet Gravy

Chicken Giblet Gravy by Cara Nicoletti

Apple and Onion Schmaltz

Apple and Onion Schmaltz by Cara Nicoletti

Ginger-scented chicken broth

Ginger-scented chicken broth by Furey and the Feast

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

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Tags: On the Cheap, Chicken, Back to Basics