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Whole or cut-up chicken for soup

Recommendations please: in making chicken soup, should I leave the chicken whole or cut it up?

asked by DebJ almost 3 years ago

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Susan W

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added almost 3 years ago

I prefer to cut it up because in my mind, that gives more of the bones access to the broth. Be sure to include the back and neck.

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added almost 3 years ago

Thanks, Susan. That's what I did. It's cooking now!

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added almost 3 years ago

It depends. Asian recipes use whole chicken and make a delicate, delicious broth. Chicken backs and necks, on the other hand, are cheap and also make a delicious broth. See what you think!

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Susan W

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added almost 3 years ago

I think either way she is speaking of a whole chicken. She is just wondering whether to cut the chicken up or leave it whole to make soup.

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added almost 3 years ago

Thanks, Susan W and everyone who responded. Yes, it was the whole chicken. Actually, I've always cut it up when making soup, but I wondered if I was "missing something."

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added almost 3 years ago

I like to cook them whole just because it's easier. It makes a clearer, nicer broth if you wash it well and cook it whole.

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added almost 3 years ago

I use only wings for chicken soup.

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added almost 3 years ago

I follow ATK's advice and brown the chicken pieces in a bit of oil for about 8 minutes a side. Makes a delicious fond that kicks up the flavor of any chicken soup!

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