Cleaning chicken from scratch requires a special skill because it goes from buying a live chicken, slaughtering, removing the feathers after dipping in a hot water (defeathering), butchering to remove the giblets and finally cutting into pieces or package as a whole chicken neatly washed and ready to cook depending on how you intend to serve the chicken.
Growing up as kids I and my siblings love the festive seasons, like Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving, that is when we always have the opportunity of cleaning live chicken at home. The sweetest part is removing the feathers after been dipped in hot water.
However, already clean chicken skillfully package and wrapped in plastic can be purchased in shopping malls, meat chops, and market popularly called frozen chicken in Nigerian.
Meanwhile, a whole frozen chicken usually comes with the clean gizzard well package and inserted on the stomach that should be removed through its cavity before cutting, washing, and cooking.
Cleaning Chicken – How to Clean Chicken
Just like I said earlier, cleaning chicken from scratch requires a special culinary skill because it goes from buying a live chicken, slaughtering the chicken, removing the feathers after dipping in a hot water (defeathering), remove chicken hair, then Remove crop (the crop is that small part to the esophagus)
Basically, you can as well buy a clean chicken from the store, then go back home to butcher the chicken, process the chicken before cooking.
The main reason of cleaning chicken is to ensure the giblet is removed including the gizzard, if not then it has to be removed and be separated from the gizzard, after that, split the gizzard into two and remove dirty (where it stores food) and pill off the yellowish skin covering the gizzard, and trim excess fats.
Finally, cut into pieces or package as a whole chicken neatly washed and ready to cook depending on how you intend to serve the chicken.