Meat, especially chicken, can be cut with a special scissors. Buy a special scissors for the meat and you're much faster !!
Meat (braised for) is nice and tender and the sauce nicely browned and slightly bound if, after roasting and quenching a slice of gingerbread into small pieces through the gravy and cooking it for an hour or two The cake dissolves completely and give the gravy a few fuller flavor.
I forget sometimes to get the meat out of the freezer in time. I do the following: Frozen meat packing well in several sandwich bags with solid knots. One liter size or mixing bowl filled with warm / hot water, the meat lay there a moment in. Good to keep an eye (too long to leave does not seem hygienic ..) and thaws in the shortest time is the meat, without fading!