How To Cut Up a Whole Chicken

How To Cut Up a Whole Chicken-1-12 Learning how to cut up a whole chicken is very useful. First of all, because whole chickens are much cheaper than chicken pieces.

Second of all, the butchers at the grocery stores aren’t usually too careful when they’re slaughtering the chickens into pieces. By cutting the chicken yourself, you will end up with very neat, even pieces.

It’s very easy to do too. With just a little practice, you will feel like a cooking pro.

The most important thing when starting this task is a bit of courage, a big plastic cutting board, and most importantly, a SHARP knife. It’s much easier to cut yourself with a dull knife than with a sharp knife, believe it or not.

Place the chicken breast side up, pointing toward yourself. Make an incision in the skin right between the thigh meat and the breast meat. How To Cut Up a Whole Chicken-1 With your hands, grip the thigh and the breast meat and bend the thigh back. You will hear it pop. How To Cut Up a Whole Chicken-1-2 With your knife, cut through the joint. This is your thigh and drumstick. How To Cut Up a Whole Chicken-1-3 You will see a line right between the drumstick and the thigh. This is a free arrow that points and shouts “Cut here!”. How To Cut Up a Whole Chicken-1-4 Cut through the joint. How To Cut Up a Whole Chicken-1-5

How To Cut Up a Whole Chicken-1-6 Repeat to the other thigh and drumstick.

Make a slight diagonal cut right next to the chicken wing. Probe with your fingers first and find the joint, so you’ll know where to cut. It should cut clearly through.

How To Cut Up a Whole Chicken-1-7 Repeat with the other chicken wing. How To Cut Up a Whole Chicken-1-8 Use sharp kitchen scissors to cut through the rib cage around the chicken breast. How To Cut Up a Whole Chicken-1-9

How To Cut Up a Whole Chicken-1-10 Cut the chicken breast in half. This bone is really strong, so you’ll definitely need a sharp knife. You may also wish to cut each chicken breast half in two.

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Save the chicken backbone and use it next time you make Chicken Broth. It’s really very simple.  How To Cut Up a Whole Chicken-1-12 Start practicing:).

 

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