Chicken Liposuction, Part 2
The meticulous trimming of chicken thighs

Chickens, like the rest of us, carry much of their fat in their thighs, and removing the skin can only help to a point. If we compare the figures for 4 ounces of roast chicken, you’ll see that discarding the skin reduces fat content by less than 1/3 (30%). (Because breast meat contains less intrinsic fat, removing the skin reduces its fat content by 55%!) So, when it comes to thighs, there’s more work to be done.

Thigh, w/skinThigh, no skinBreast, w/skinBreast, no skin
Protein28.4 g29.4 g33.8 g35.2 g
Total Fat17.6 g12.3 g8.8 g4.0 g
Saturated Fat4.9 g3.4 g2.5 g1.1 g
Cholesterol105 mg108 mg95 mg96 mg

I don’t have a calorimeter, but it is my strong belief, based on the amount of fat I can wrest from a thigh, that I can bring it in line with a breast any day. One thing to remember: After such trimming, it will take less time to cook, so you have to make some adjustments. Nevertheless, it will have more flavor than breast meat and will hold up better when braised.

Note: I recently received an e-mail from someone who took issue with my knife-handling. He referred me to the following video:
I’m not a professional chef, and old habits die hard, but- as far as knife skills go- this video represents the professional gold standard. It’s always best to be informed.

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