What are the different types of chicken cuts and their uses & advantages

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What are the different types of chicken cuts and their uses & advantages

There are two ways to use a chicken:

  • Whole Bird
  • Different Cuts like:
    • Drumstick
    • Wing
    • Thigh
    • Breast


We can make a variety of fried chicken or cajun chicken recipes from these cuts.

  • Whole bird

Have you ever heard of the term ‘Chicken stock’? If yes!! But you never bothered to search what it actually is, then let me explain to you. As discussed, we do have two options to use the kitchen. One is to use the whole bird. The whole bird means the preservation of the chicken by making:

  • Chicken Stock
  • Roasting the whole chicken
  • Poaching the chicken with vegetables

Chicken stock is the best way to preserve the chicken for a long time. It can be used when it comes to incorporation in various healthy recipes.

  • Chicken Breasts and Chicken Tenderloins

 Chicken breast is considered the multifaceted meat. It is actually a slice of white meat. It has very little fat. It is the ideal cut to wedge up in :

  • Stir-fries
  • Marinate
  • Grill
  • Pan-fry
  • Oven roast

 Chicken breasts have been the best choice in case of cuts because it can be:

  • Baked
  • Poached

And that can be utilized in:

  • Salad
  • Sandwiches
  • Put into soups (shredded)

If we are talking about tender or soft pieces, then Tenderloins are the best choice. The whole breast is less tender as compared to the tenderloins. These prove the best when it comes to:

  • Crumbling
  • Baking
  • Chargrilling
  • Tossing in salads
  • Thighs

The best way to use chicken thighs is to use them as thigh fillets by terminating skin and bone. Another tasty option is to use them as thigh cutlets which are used along with bone and skin. Chicken thigh meat is actually brown. It has more fat than chicken breast. When we are talking about flavor, thighs are more flavourful.

Thigh fillets are great wedged when used as:

  • Stir-fries
  • Meat-pies

It is recommended to make use of thigh cutlets in meat-pies.

One must be wondering what chicken Maryland is. Then it is the thigh which is attached with a drumstick. Maryland is deemed ideal for:

  • Roasting
  • Baking
  • Barbeque
  • Char-grill
  • Drumsticks and Wings

When you do not want to spend more but at the same time want to consume a good cut of chicken then chicken wings and drumsticks are the best choices. They are very good when:

  • Baked in a sticky glaze
  • Marinade
  • Eaten in fingers


Chicken mince is used for:

  • Rissoles
  • Burgers
  • Meatballs
  • Cooking in certain varieties of salad

If one uses chicken mince in tacos or enchiladas instead of beef mince, then it gives really a nice flavor.

One Final Word

When it comes to chicken, none chicken lover could resist missing the taste of fried chicken or cajun chicken.