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Basic Tips and Techniques

Here are some basic tips, techniques and tools. They’ll help you amp up your culinary prowess in the kitchen, and get oohs and ahhs from family and friends.

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Butterfly Chicken

An easy shortcut for cooking a whole chicken is to flatten or butterfly it prior to cooking. This method lets you grill or roast a whole chicken in nearly half the time and season both the inside and outside of the chicken with ease. 

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Carving a Whole Cooked Chicken: Step-by-Step

Step 1: Place the chicken on a clean, sanitary cutting board. Remove leg and thigh section by pressing leg away from body. Cut through joint carefully, following body contour.

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Cooking Chicken Under a “Brick”

This technique is as simple as it sounds. Here, chicken is weighed down by a brick (or otherwise heavy object like a cast iron pan or plate with soup cans placed on top) while it cooks in a pan or on the grill.

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Cutting up a Whole Raw Chicken: Step-by-Step

Most chicken recipes call for chicken parts or pieces. Here are a few steps for cutting a whole chicken into 8 pieces (compiled from several websites including Good Housekeeping and Eating Well): two split breasts, two thighs, two drumsticks and two wings. 

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Flavor Roasting

Oven-roasting warms the home, blanketing it with aromas that awaken the senses and appetites of family and friends. 

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Grind-Your-Own Chicken Primer

If you own a food processor, a crank-driven food grinder or even a sharp chef's blade, you can make your own ground/chopped chicken at home. Use boneless, skinless breasts for the leanest blend, or create your own combination of white and dark meat. 

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Keeping your Food & Kitchen Safe

Clean.  Separate.  Cook.  Chill. Following the simple steps listed here help ensure safety when handling and cooking fresh chicken. 

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Making Stock and Gravy

Stock or chicken broth and gravy are must-haves for every cook’s collection. Here are two flavorful basic recipes: a broth that serves as the perfect start for any chicken soup recipe and a gravy for a savory finish.

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Marinating

Add fresh, natural flavor to your favorite chicken with a few simple steps for marinating. It's one of the easiest ways to ensure tender, juicy, deliciousness on your table.

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