How to Debone Chicken Thighs
Have you ever tried to debone chicken thighs? It is really easy and so useful for many different recipes. Removing the bone in the center of the meat will make the chicken so much easier to slice.
Learn how to debone chicken thighs with just a few easy steps. Chicken thigh meat is probably the most juicy and succulent part of the bird. Unlike chicken breast, it’s practically impossible to overcook chicken thighs. You can use chicken thigh meat in countless dishes. It’s also very affordable, which is a big plus, in my opinion.
In most stores, chicken thighs are not sold deboned. Besides, even if you do find some, it’s not done very well, and you’ll have to trim and clean it up at home anyway.
I’ve never seen chicken thighs deboned with the skin still attached, and I like to leave it on for many recipes. First of all, because I like the crispy skin. Second of all, even if I don’t need the skin for the dish, it’s great to leave it on to keep the meat extra moist and juicy.
I debone chicken thighs often for stir fry recipes or for my Rice Stuffed Chicken Thighs recipe or Baked Teriyaki Chicken, or even for grilling chicken for Burrito Bowls.
How to Debone Chicken Thighs
It’s actually very easy to debone chicken thighs in the home kitchen. Kitchen shears/scissors are best for the job, but you can use a paring or a boning knife.
- Turn the chicken thigh over. Make an incision all the way down the bone. Keep cutting the meat on both sides of the bone.
- Cut off the cartilage on the top or bottom of the bone and cut all the way across underneath the bone, which will cut the bone off completely from the meat.
- I like to trim the chicken thigh and cut out any pockets of fat and other unsightly things.
- If you don’t need the chicken skin for your recipe, remove it as well.
There you have it – a trimmed chicken thigh with no bones ready to be used in many recipes.
Oh awesome! Thats the main reason I didn’t like using this kind of meat… My hubby hates bones in meat… By the way thank you for all of these tips I learned so much:)
It’s so much easier to serve and eat when you take a few extra minutes to take out the bone.
You have no idea how helpful this post is to me. Thanks so much and all the thighs I buy from now on thank you.
You’re welcome, Corrinne:).
Your blog is so educational. Thank you for teaching young women how to cook in the kitchen. I really adore these little tips! They help me a ton when I am cooking!
I’m so happy to hear that, Oksana. I’ve learned many tips that have helped me, and it’s so rewarding when it helps someone else too.
Thank you dear, i practically started buying boneless and skinless tighs all the time, and miss the skin in the resipes, where these are baked, and supposed to be golden/CRISPY on top!!!
Oksana K, I agree with you completely. Crispy chicken skin is my favorite. Besides, chicken thighs are really easy to debone, since the bone is one straight shot and it’s off.
The left over bone and little meat make really good chicken stock in a crock pot 🙂
That’s right, Olya D!
I use all my chicken scraps to make Chicken Broth. It’s probably my favorite ingredient of all – Homemade Chicken Broth.
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Tekesha @ Eat More Food Project
This is so helpful! I was looking for a clear set of instructions for how to do this and your step-by-step pictures are amazing. I love thigh meat, but hate dealing with that bone. Thanks again! 🙂
You’re welcome, Tekesha:).
Olga, is there a kitchen scissors you would recommend for this job? I didn’t see any in your shop. Thanks!
Here are the kitchen scissors that I’ve had for many years. http://www.amway.com/Shop/Product/Product.aspx/iCook-Multipurpose-Shears?itemno=102715&dsNav=N:4294966502&pwsID=okbeautyshop