when cooking a whole chicken to make bone marrow soup with, should I remove the skin before or after cooking?

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    This is just personal preference. It depends on what you want? There is no correct answer
    – TFD
    Commented Oct 14, 2012 at 9:12
  • @TFD A good answer to this question would explain what those differences are, so OP could achieve the result he wants.
    – derobert
    Commented Oct 18, 2012 at 21:52
  • What are you hoping to get from the whole chicken? The bone marrow soup is just the bones.
    – paparazzo
    Commented Feb 27, 2017 at 20:28

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Removing after will be much easier as everything will just fall apart when the collagen has been dissolved out.

The skin has a lot of fat that will have to be skimmed or separated if left on.


I would leave it on since you are trying to get the maximum flavor from the chicken. It will definitely be easier to remove after it's been cooked compared to before. Passing on an advise from my mother about cooking whole chicken is to boil it twice, first time in plain waster, discard waster and start over with clean water and all the flavoring vegetables.

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    could you please explain the goal of that process? Cleaner, safer meat, does it enhance the flavor or affect the bones? Commented Oct 14, 2012 at 6:49
  • The first boil removes extraneous fat and possible dirt. Commented Oct 14, 2012 at 12:43

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