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What do I do with a chicken head?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 21, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Hi, a quick question - I have one whole chicken with feet and everything intact. I am about to make chicken broth.

What do I do with the head? There are still some feathers on its neck - do I pull them out? With what? The only thing that comes to my mind is tweezers.

Do I have to take out the brain or can I just put everything in there?

I know it probably sounds like a dumb question but I have never dealt with chicken heads before.

Thanks for answering.

UPDATE:

The taste did not change much, but it is very flavorful (The flavor is much stronger than the normal soup). The broth was very thick, like jello. So - add your chicken heads the way they are.

444ddf092e883418eaeb7772d65f3289

on September 29, 2013
at 02:46 AM

Sorry about the almost double post. I submitted a comment, but didn't have an account, so I thought I would have to repost it after setting up my account. I guess not. Anyway, I love the odd bits.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 25, 2012
at 07:16 PM

Amy - I strained everything so it was not as gross as I imagined.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 25, 2012
at 07:15 PM

LOL :) I was thinking that some poor little chicken gave up her life (and her babies too) to feed me. Life is so unfair.

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on September 25, 2012
at 05:52 PM

I'm sure this is a HUGE boost in nutrition, but I can't help being just a tiny bit skeeved out. (And I'm not usually that squeamish.)

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 25, 2012
at 05:47 PM

I updated - it was very good. The head fell apart and the brains dissolved in broth.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on September 25, 2012
at 05:33 PM

How'd it turn out??

F2b854f65de6621f5ecb6ec9ba14eb49

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on September 24, 2012
at 03:30 AM

Let us know how it came out very interested to know. :)

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 22, 2012
at 05:35 AM

Thanks! It is cooked, but I don't know what it is going to taste like.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 22, 2012
at 05:34 AM

The organs were already removed (except for its head). I already put the whole thing in - not sure now what it is going to taste like. Next time I will put it separately. Thanks!

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on September 21, 2012
at 08:05 PM

I dunno...the only time I've seen stock made with the head, it was separate from the rest of the chicken. I say chop it off if you have the intestinal fortitude! (It helps that it's already dead, I suppose.) Did you remove the organs from inside? Not sure I'd put those in.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 21, 2012
at 08:03 PM

It has some things sticking out of the neck. It is intact, but the neck is sliced open (not sure why - that's how I got it). Do I chop the head off or leave it on?

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on September 21, 2012
at 07:43 PM

Not a dumb question at all, I'm interested in hearing some answers too. If it were me I'd probably hide it to scare my boyfriend.

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Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on September 21, 2012
at 07:59 PM

You definitely want to use the head in the broth, that's for sure.

Not sure how to "prepare" it, though. I would take the feathers off like you said -- tweezers would work if there are only a few. (You wouldn't want to be sitting there for 2 hours plucking, know what I mean?) Not sure about the brain. Yikes! Maybe you could wrap the head in cheesecloth or something?

I have a friend who makes chicken stock using heads now and then and I don't think she does anything to them to remove the brain...just throws the head in as it comes.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 22, 2012
at 05:34 AM

The organs were already removed (except for its head). I already put the whole thing in - not sure now what it is going to taste like. Next time I will put it separately. Thanks!

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on September 21, 2012
at 08:05 PM

I dunno...the only time I've seen stock made with the head, it was separate from the rest of the chicken. I say chop it off if you have the intestinal fortitude! (It helps that it's already dead, I suppose.) Did you remove the organs from inside? Not sure I'd put those in.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on September 21, 2012
at 08:03 PM

It has some things sticking out of the neck. It is intact, but the neck is sliced open (not sure why - that's how I got it). Do I chop the head off or leave it on?

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on September 25, 2012
at 06:32 PM

mount it on a stake and put it in your yard as a warning to all other chickens.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 25, 2012
at 07:15 PM

LOL :) I was thinking that some poor little chicken gave up her life (and her babies too) to feed me. Life is so unfair.

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F2b854f65de6621f5ecb6ec9ba14eb49

on September 21, 2012
at 08:04 PM

I pluck the feathers off of the heads I get but usually it's only a few stray feathers. I use tweezers. If the head is fully feathered I say scald the feathers in some boiling water and then pluck whats left. Leave the brains and eyes, etc... lots of nutrition!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 22, 2012
at 05:35 AM

Thanks! It is cooked, but I don't know what it is going to taste like.

F2b854f65de6621f5ecb6ec9ba14eb49

(574)

on September 24, 2012
at 03:30 AM

Let us know how it came out very interested to know. :)

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444ddf092e883418eaeb7772d65f3289

on September 29, 2013
at 02:43 AM

Just made stock from the bones, heads, organs, and feet. Smells wonderfully sumptuous. Hopefully delicious and nutritious.

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Just made stock from the bones, feet, organs, and heads. Smells great and I'm assuming it will be wonderfully delicious and sumptous. Hopefully nutritious as well. Gotta love the odd bits.

444ddf092e883418eaeb7772d65f3289

on September 29, 2013
at 02:46 AM

Sorry about the almost double post. I submitted a comment, but didn't have an account, so I thought I would have to repost it after setting up my account. I guess not. Anyway, I love the odd bits.

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