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Poultry Explanation

Poultry Explanation

Along side meat from the farm we also offer free range chickens from Devon, locally sourced game, including venison, pheasant,rabbit, hares when available.

Different chicken cuts and their uses.

A chicken can either be used as a whole bird or be divided into four different cuts the drumstick, wing, thigh and breast. Lets look at each one of these different cuts and what they are commonly used for.

The whole chicken.

Can be used for making chicken stock. You would roast or poach the chicken with vegetables and could then use the cooked meat for sandwiches and salads.
Alternatively, you could flatten the chicken. This is a great way to barbecue a whole chicken, finishing it off in a closed barbecue to cook through.

1) Chicken breast

Must be the most versatile meat.  It is a white meat with very little fat and it is the perfect cut to slice up in stir-fries, marinate and grill, pan-fry or oven roast, filled with your favourite filling. Chicken breasts can also be baked or poached and used in salad, sandwiches or shredded and put into soups.

2) Tenderloins

Are a good option too. They are slightly more tender than the whole breast and are great crumbed and baked, or quickly chargrilled and tossed in a hot salad.
Buy as single chicken breasts fillets without the skin, with tenderloin attached, or with skin on. A supreme cut is the chicken breast with wingette attached and skin on.

3) Thighs

Chicken thighs can be bought as thigh fillets with skin and bone removed, or thigh cutlets, with bone and skin still attached. Chicken thigh meat is brown and has a little more fat then the breast, but also slightly more flavour.

4) Thigh fillets

Are great sliced or chopped in stir-fries, or in casseroles. Use the thigh cutlet in casseroles or bakes.

5) Chicken Maryland

Is the thigh with the drumstick attached. Maryland is great for roasting and baking and can also be used on the barbeque or char-grill.

6) Drumsticks, wings

Chicken wings and drumsticks are usually cheaper cuts of chicken. They are great baked in a sticky glaze or marinade and eaten in your fingers.

7) Mince

Chicken mince can be used for rissoles, burgers, meatballs, or cooked in a Vietnamese larb salad. You can use chicken mince instead of beef mince in tacos or enchiladas.