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Here you'll find all the information you need on the four most popular meat proteins available to buy at Tesco. You'll also find inspiration to help you try out new recipes with a great selection of meat, which is perfect for the whole family

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Whole chicken

Whole chickens are normally supplied without giblets, but do check the label just in case.

whole chicken

Further chicken joint information

A whole chicken is usually roasted in the oven or pot roasted and served with vegetables, although they can be spatchcocked, which means that the bird is split down the backbone and opened out flat.

Ways to cook

  • stove top
  • oven

Cooking guide

When cooking chicken, always read the instructions on the label and follow cooking times carefully. When the cooking time is up, pierce the thickest part of the leg and breast with a skewer. If the juices run clear, the chicken is cooked. Cooking times are always calculated by weight, so if stuffing the joint, weigh it before cooking.

Drumsticks (Legs)

Drumsticks are the legs of the chicken below the thigh, and have a tender, moist darker meat that is full of flavour.

leg

Further chicken joint information

Drumsticks are most commonly roasted or barbecued, but they can also be cooked in stews and one pot meals. They are usually supplied with the skin on. Legs are also offered, which is the whole chicken leg (drumstick and thigh).

Ways to cook

  • bbq
  • oven

Cooking guide

When cooking chicken, always read the instructions on the label and follow cooking times carefully. When the cooking time is up, pierce the thickest part of the leg and breast with a skewer. If the juices run clear, the chicken is cooked. Cooking times are always calculated by weight, so if stuffing the joint, weigh it before cooking.

Breast

Breast fillets are from the front of the bird, are naturally lean and are usually supplied boneless. They are sold with or without skin.

breast

Further chicken joint information

Chicken breasts are great cooked whole but also work well diced in casseroles, curries or stir fry. All Chicken meat should be thoroughly cooked before serving. However, if overcooked, the chicken breast can become dry.

Ways to cook

  • bbq
  • oven
  • pan fry

Cooking guide

When cooking chicken, always read the instructions on the label and follow cooking times carefully. When the cooking time is up, pierce the thickest part of the leg and breast with a skewer. If the juices run clear, the chicken is cooked. Cooking times are always calculated by weight, so if stuffing the joint, weigh it before cooking.

Thighs

Thighs are the top part of the chicken's leg and can be supplied in boneless fillets with the skin off, or with the bone in and the skin still on.

thigh

Further chicken joint information

A flavourful cut with dark, juicy meat; they can be cooked as they are, or cut into pieces and used in stir fry, curries or pies. Thighs are also great for BBQ's.

Ways to cook

  • bbq
  • oven

Cooking guide

When cooking chicken, always read the instructions on the label and follow cooking times carefully. When the cooking time is up, pierce the thickest part of the leg and breast with a skewer. If the juices run clear, the chicken is cooked. Cooking times are always calculated by weight, so if stuffing the joint, weigh it before cooking.

Wings

Chicken wings are small, but particularly full of flavour and make a great snack food for parties or picnics.

wing

Further chicken joint information

Wings can be marinated in a Chinese-style chilli or barbecue sauce and are most often roasted. Chicken wings also make great barbecue food, and are ideal as side dishes or starters.

Ways to cook

  • bbq
  • oven

Cooking guide

When cooking chicken, always read the instructions on the label and follow cooking times carefully. When the cooking time is up, pierce the thickest part of the leg and breast with a skewer. If the juices run clear, the chicken is cooked. Cooking times are always calculated by weight, so if stuffing the joint, weigh it before cooking.

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