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A Guide to Prepping and Cooking Chicken

There are so many different directions you can take a simple piece of chicken. But before you get started, you'll want to understand USDA labels and get your hands on some kitchen essentials, too. Then, you can decide how you want to prep and cook your chicken, whether you're making stir-fry or a simple pan roast. Once you've got that down, take full advantage of its tender meat with hot soups, cold salads, and easy oven-baked recipes.

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    Know Your Chicken: What USDA Poultry Labels Actually Mean

    Know Your Chicken: What USDA Poultry Labels Actually Mean

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    Serious Eats - Miki Kawasaki

    Allow me to set the scene: you head to the supermarket for chicken. It should be easy. No, it should be effortless. But instead, you find yourself lingering in front of the shelves wondering. Not whether to go with white or dark meat, skin-on or skinless—I've usually settled on a recipe and made …

    Why I Only Buy Whole Chickens (and You Can, Too!)

    Why I Only Buy Whole Chickens (and You Can, Too!)

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    Serious Eats - Sho Spaeth

    Buying whole chickens and butchering them at home is easy, economical, and opens up a world of possibilities. It also can make you a better cook. It seems to me there are two ways of thinking about cooking at home, and each carries with it implications about kitchen organization and practice. The …

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    12 Braised Chicken Recipes

    12 Braised Chicken Recipes

    Relatively quick and easy-to-master, practice braising with dishes like Mexican tinga tacos, Italian cacciatore, and Filipino adobo. There are dozens of ways to cook chicken, but one of our favorite methods might be the simple-yet-mighty braise. From the French brazier, it’s a cooking technique in …

    29 Chicken Breast Recipes to Make You Like White Meat

    29 Chicken Breast Recipes to Make You Like White Meat

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    Serious Eats - Rabi Abonour

    Chicken breast's tendency to dry out has given it a bad reputation. But cooked properly, it can be juicy and flavorful. Here's how to treat it right. I'll be the first to admit that I've said some less-than-kind things about chicken breast in the past. I stand by a lot of them, too—chicken breast is …

    7 Chicken Salad Recipes for Easy Weekday Meals

    7 Chicken Salad Recipes for Easy Weekday Meals

    Jazz up leftover chicken or just satisfy a craving for chicken salad with one of these seven takes on the lunchtime staple. I don’t eat chicken salad a lot, but when I do, it’s from Costco. It's so tender, creamy, and perfectly seasoned that I have a hard time not eating the whole thing (which is …

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