I bought a couple of chickens for a couple of meals. I'm not sure I'm over the price of these chickens, but I think it's still the right thing to do.
I needed to part the birds into the pieces called for in the recipes I've selected. This would be a perfect time to practice Jacques Pepin's technique of deboning a chicken again.
Rinse and pat dry the birds. The drier they are, the easier to handle.
Chicken number 1, went from whole into the pieces I wanted in 14 minutes. Still nowhere close to Pepin.
Chicken number 2, whole to pieces in 16 minutes. What?! I got slower?
I'll skip the photos, but here's the price per piece breakdown:
- 4 boneless skinless breasts: 2 lbs 2.7 oz comes to $5.40
- 4 tenderloins: 7.9 oz comes to $1.23
- 4 wings: 1 lb 2 oz comes to $2.80
- 4 bone-in skin-on thighs: 2 lbs 2.7 oz comes to $5.40
- 4 drums: 1 lb 8.1 oz comes to $3.75
- 2 frames: 2 lbs 9.3 oz comes to $6.43
That comes out to $25.01 for parts I'll use; the rest, $3.80, was on giblets and skin which went into the trash.
Coastal Range Organics Young Chickens available in a 2-pack at Costco for $2.49/lb.