Chicken Chart

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By Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Most people know their favorite parts of the chicken. Those they reach for first inside the picnic basket. What most don’t know is exactly where those butcher cuts are made. Let Paula’s chicken chart be your guide. As a bonus, each cut will take you to some of our favorite recipes using the coordinating cut.



The Wing consists of three sections, the wing tip, the wingette (or flat wing tip), and the drummettes.





The Leg of a chicken consists of two parts, which are the thigh and the drumstick. Dark meat only.




The top portion of the leg, above the knee joint that is connected to the body of the chicken. Dark meat only.




The bottom portion of the leg below the knee joint. Dark meat only.




The Giblets consist of the neck, liver, heart and gizzard.


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These are such good ideas. I love getting these recipes and trying new things. You have the "light" as well as the "regular" way of preparing dishes. Like this!!

By Valerah Hodges on March 29, 2012


I wish you would enlarge the colorful chicken chart with butcher cuts ...frame and sell it @ online store. I would love to hang it in my kitchen as art! Very cool!

By Connie Martin on March 25, 2011


Hi Paula! I want to hang this chicken chart in my kitchen! I think it would make a great item to sell! Maybe excluding the giblets~

By Dawn on March 22, 2011


Very good info with the chicken chart and I love all your recipes that you share with us. Thank you, Mary

By Mary on March 22, 2011

Love all of these chicken recipes and all the other ones to.  I miss Paula on TV as she is not on any stations I get anymore.  I used to watch her at 4 in the afternoon all the time and sometimes actually had the ingredients of what she was making that day in the house and had it for supper.  Sure miss Paula’s laugh and all of her happiness.  Hope the stations I get will bring her back soon.

By Carolyn on May 11, 2010

I love the chicken chart.  It would be great on an apron.  My house is full of chicken and roosters.  I love you Paula !! I once met you at a book signing,  I watch all of your shows, QVC and have many of your cook books.  Last year our vacatioin was centered around going to Lady and Son’s , we loved it and Savannah.  Too bad that you weren’t there that day, but we loved it anyway.  I hadmy picture taken by your cutout. lol Anyway, I love you !  Keep on doing what you do !!

By Debbie Brudvig on May 11, 2010

Hey Paula, my huband & I enjoy your TV shows & I always like to see what you have on QVC too!  We love all of your recipes & appreciate your talent in presenting them!  Thanks for being you!!!!  This chicken chart would be a great apron!!  Keep on keeping on!!!!

By Loretta on April 24, 2010

This would make a great T-Shirt or an Apron.  I’d go for it Paula.  Also I’m like you, I can cut a chicken up and “Pick” a chicken down to the bones.  Maybe cause I just love chicken and could eat it everyday, really.  My husband doesn’t like it, so I get the whole chicken.  I love your chicken recipes, gives me more ways to eat it!!!

By Jackie Butler on April 23, 2010

I agree with you Paula, the chicken chart would be a GREAT Apron!!, I love your website, your tv shows, your magazine, love what you puton food network and Love just about everything you do! you are so cheerful, that is i’m having a bad day you pick me right up,and i have alot of bad days with a lung problem it is no fun but you put a smile on my face every time!  Thank you for being you and not some fake person like some of them, OOPS maybe i should not of said that but On well!!  you have yourself a GREAT DAY!!!!!

By Luan Littlefield on April 23, 2010

Some really yummy recipes on here. I also think this would make a great tshirt. I collect chickens and roosters and have them all over my tiny kitchen. So I am all for anything chicken!

By Jonelle on April 23, 2010

Awesome Idea!  Its a definite; I would have one for BBQ’s.

By Christine Donahue on April 23, 2010

I just love all your recipes. They have alway made my family happy with my cooking, so THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for everything Paula. Your the best!

By Victoria Perez on April 23, 2010

I think the cuts of chicken chart would be great on an apron too.

By Mr. Nippy Blair on April 23, 2010

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