Poultry Cuts

Poultry Cuts

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Note: Before cooking, warm your poultry meat to room temperature. Cooking cold meat shocks it resulting in a tough finished product.

Poultry can be prepared and cooked in many ways, making it a popular food choice. As popular as poultry can be, stay safe when preparing it. Do not rinse raw meat as this can spread dangerous bacteria to you and your kitchen surfaces.

You can tell when your meat is cooked when the leg of a whole bird removes easily (internal temperature of 85ºC 185ºF). Cuts of poultry or other products such as ground meat should have no pink showing, and juices run clear (internal temperature of 74ºC 165ºF).

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Before grilling boneless skinless chicken breasts, look for a thin strip of meat (aka the tender) under the breast. Remove and cook it separately. To aid in cooking, place each breast between sheets of plastic wrap and pound it to ¼ inch thick.

Boneless chicken cuts are often thin enough to grill over direct heat. Bone in parts take longer to cook, so remember to use both direct and indirect heat.

Common Cuts: Breasts, thighs, tenders

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Ground Beef

Ground chicken is very lean so keep these points in mind before cooking. To avoid a dense or dry end product, it is important to add some moisture to your mixture. For example if you’re making meatballs, try adding yogurt or some soaked breadcrumbs. This will add moisture and binds everything together. Cook ground chicken at lower temperatures than beef or pork. Ground chicken also has a lighter flavor than beef or pork, so be sure to season your ground chicken well.

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Stew & Soups

When stewing, dry the meat with a paper towel. Brown all pieces on all sides over medium high heat. Using tongs, move pieces from the pan, then sear any other ingredients in the same pan. Place the chicken back into the pan with the remaining liquid and flavorings. Heat until liquids boil, then cover and reduce heat to a simmer, cook until chicken is done. Keep at a simmer through the remaining cooking time. Do not allow the liquid to boil.

Common Cuts: Thighs, legs, leftover carcasses from holiday meals

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When searing, cook your poultry over medium heat. Resist the urge to move the meat when cooking, it helps with forming that delicious golden-brown crust. If you’re cooking skin-on cuts, cook skin side down first. Cook for 6-7 minutes per side, using tongs to flip the meat.

Plate the chicken, cover with foil, and let it rest for five minutes before serving.

Common Cuts: Breasts, tenders, thighs

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Pound breasts to ¼ inch thickness using a mallet before adding to the marinade. Mix your marinade in the bag you will marinate the chicken in. A gallon-sized, zip-top bag is best. This approach makes easy cleanup and it helps marinate all parts of the chicken.

Marinate your meat for at least one hour to overnight. The longer the better.

If you are grilling, pat your chicken dry before cooking! This keeps the marinade from burning or causing flare-ups.

Common Cuts: Breasts, thighs, drumsticks

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Simmering time varies by chicken size.

For whole birds, a small 18 – 24oz Cornish hen should cook for 35 to 40 minutes. 3 to 4 pound birds should cook for 60 to 75 minutes. 5 to 7 pound birds should cook for 105 to 120 minutes.

Pieces don’t need to cook as long as whole birds. Bone in breasts, wings and wingettes should simmer for 35 to 45 minutes while boneless breasts halves should cook for 25 to 30 minutes. Boneless legs, thighs and drumsticks should cook for 40 to 50 minutes.

The most important point to remember when simmering raw chicken is to cook it until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 165F.

Common Cuts: Breasts, legs, thighs, wings

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Before cooking pat the bird completely dry inside and out with paper towels. Be generous when seasoning to make sure the seasoning gets past the skin into the meat of the bird. This will also ensure you have a juicy final product.

Tie the chicken’s legs together by bringing the drumsticks together with kitchen twine. This is done to keep the drumsticks moist while the breasts cook through.

Be patient. The bird will need roast for a minimum of one hour. There’s no need to baste, probe or disturb the chicken.

Let the bird rest for 15 minutes minimum before carving. This lets the bird to continue to cook and cool down enough for you to carve, as well as keeping the juices in the meat.

poultry Cooking Temperatures

74°C/165°F Safe temperature

Featured Poultry Recipe

Make Ahead Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan


  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat oven to 375°F/190°C
  • In a bowl large enough to place a chicken breast, mix together the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and spices.
  • Place beaten egg in a separate bowl. Place each chicken breast in the egg mixture, turn to cover. Then, dip the chicken breast in the breadcrumb mixture and coat evenly.
  • Place chicken breasts on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, turn, and bake until cooked (about another 10 minutes). Let cool.
  • Place cooked chicken breasts in a freezer baggy and place in freezer. Freeze the shredded mozzarella cheese in a separate bag.
  • The night before serving, transfer the chicken and cheese to the fridge to thaw.
  • Reheat chicken in a lined/greased casserole dish in a preheated oven (375°F/190°C) for 15-20 minutes until hot and crispy.
  • Remove from oven, cover chicken with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, and return to oven until cheese is melted and the sauce is hot.
  • Enjoy!