Chicken

Technique Tuesday: Be Your Own Butcher

Save almost 40 percent by buying a whole chicken and using our easy instructions to break it down. Here’s how:

 

Step 1. With the breast side up, slice through the skin between the breast and each leg. Bend the legs back to pop out the joints. Cut through the joints to remove the legs.

Step 2. With the skin side down, slice along the white fat line in the legs to separate the thigh from the drumstick.

Step 3. Pull each wing away from the body; cut through the joint to remove.

Step 4. Flip the chicken over. Using kitchen shears, cut along either side of the backbone. (Toss or save for stock).

Step 5. With the skin side down, slice through the breastbone (you may need to use a chopping motion) to split the breast into two pieces.

Step 6. Use the chicken in all sorts of soups, casseroles and rice dishes, like our brand new Arroz Con Pollo recipe!

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#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook of the Week: @mrsmaurnette

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Week” to appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine.

We love a family meal that’s quick and healthful, which is why Instagram user @mrsmaurnette‘s chicken parmesan with homemade marinara sauce really caught our eye! She baked the chicken and added lots of fresh veggies and herbs to the sauce, all in under an hour. Now that’s a recipe we can get behind.

The chicken love doesn’t stop here, though. Check out our favorite healthy chicken recipes here.

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#SundaySupper Featured Menu of the Week

It’s almost that time of the week again: #SundaySupper time! We’re loving everyone’s healthy dinner ideas and pictures. Keep ‘em coming and you could be featured on our blog! This week, we healthified some classic recipes. Love breaded chicken? Try coating breasts in cooked quinoa. How about spinach dip? Substitute Greek yogurt for mayonnaise and add some edamame for extra nutrients. And we’re even serving up a recipe for gluten-free blondies for dessert. Get the recipes below, and don’t forget to check out our Pinterest page for more #SundaySupper ideas.

 

Quinoa-Crusted Chicken Breasts

Skinny Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Blondies

Want to be featured on our blog next week just like Instagram user, @jcaonguyen? Cook this week’s menu, post it to Instagram or Twitter, tagging @RachaelRayMag and #SundaySupper and we’ll pick our favorite for our Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday post.

 

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Technique Tuesday: How to Change Up Chicken Breast

Think of a chicken breast as a blank canvas: it’s just begging for you to use ingredients and techniques to make it a flavorful work of art. You’ll never think of chicken as being boring again after learning these four fast and easy tricks to totally change up chicken.

 

Chicken BLT

1. Split It

Place the breast flat on a work surface and stabilize it with your palm. Using a chef’s knife, slice horizontally starting from the thicker side of the breast, creating two 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick pieces. Cook the cutlets quickly in EVOO and use them in sandwiches like this Chicken BLT.

 

Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken

2. Pocket It

Using a paring knife, make a horizontal cut, about an inch and a half long, in the thickets part of the breast. Sweep the tip of the blade laterally within the cut, being careful not to poke through the sides, to create a pocket. Now, you can stuff it with cheese, herbs, mushrooms and other tasty things like  spinach and feta!

 

Chicken Roll-Ups

3. Pound It

Place the breast between two sheets of plastic wrap. Working with a meat pounder from the center of the breast outward, use firm, even blows to flatten the breast to the desired thickness. Thinner breasts roll up easily. Layer on meats and cheeses; then roll, bake and slice into cool spirals!

 

Acorn Squash and Chicken Chili

4. Process It

Cut chicken breasts into cubes and place in a food processor. Pulse until finely ground but not a paste, about four 1-second pulses. Keep ground meat refrigerated until ready to form into patties or use in chili.

 

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#RRWhatchaCookin featured cook of the week: @jjchildress2002

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Weekto appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine.

We love @jjchildress2002‘s idea of putting a healthy spin on a game day favorite.This homemade salad is full of buffalo chicken, fresh berries and bleu cheese. Check out that color combo!

Looking for more tailgate inspiration? Check out our favorite Game-Day Recipes here.

 

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3 Ways to Liven Up Your Leftovers

Roast chicken, cooked pasta, and lettuce are foods we always have in our fridge. The unfortunate problem: These leftovers won’t last forever. So, in effort to waste less food, save money and try new recipes, here are a three dishes that will breathe new life into last night’s dinner.

 

 

For leftover roast chicken try Rachael Ray’s “Thai It” Chicken Noodles 30-Minute Meal. It’s Rach’s version of takeout, but from home! But saves you money and calories. Win, win!

 

 

Spruce up your leftover plain pasta with this easy Pasta Bake. Throw it in the oven for only 12 minutes and you no longer need to spend your night cooking. And don’t think we sacrificed flavor for time–this dish is tasty!

 

 

 Lettuce take you on a journey from salad to succulent soup! With this Lettuce Soup you will finally use up that head of romaine you have sitting in your fridge.

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Berry Delicious Recipes

Take a bite out of summer with our new collection of easy berry recipes!
Take a peek below at our favorite recipes. We promise they’re all berry delicious!

Get the recipes: Easy Berry Desserts Slideshow

 

 

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