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Choosing & Preparing Chicken Breasts Recipe

Try to resist the impulse to reach only for skinless, boneless chicken
breasts - both skin and bones add flavor and keep the meat moist.

* Breast Quarters (with wings) are ideal for grilling, broiling and
cooking in stews.

* Whole Breast (on the bone with skin) are best for roasting whole,
with stuffing under the skin or not, and for poaching.

* Breast Halves (on the bone with skin) are great for grilling,
broiling and roasting, with stuffing under the skin or not, and for
poaching. Trim with shears to give them a nice, neat shape.

* Boneless Breasts are the quick cook's dream; this tender cut is best
cooked quickly over direct heat (sauted, panfried, stir-fried,
broiled and grilled) or cooked gently and briefly in a moist
preparation such as soup or stew. These are usually available as
skinless whole or half breasts. Either way, they need to be trimmed
of fat, membranes and pieces of cartilage. It's most economical to
cut the breasts yourself from a whole bird. Simply cut around the
wishbone at the rounded end of the breast and remove it. Then slice
against the breastbone and follow the ribs with your knife to release
the meat. Repeat on the other side.

* Breast Tenders, or breast tenderloins, as their name implies. are
the most delicate morsels of all. Cook them as you would boneless
breasts, but very briefly. To remove the tough white tendon running
along the length, hold the tendon with your fingers and scrape away
from you with the back of a table knife.

Food and Wine
September 1995