Cooking How-To: Cutting Up a Chicken

Private chef Jenna Helwig demonstrates how to cut up a chicken.


-I'm Jana Halwick, a private chef and Parents contributor. Today, I'm going to show you how to cut up a chicken. The first thing we're gonna do is cut off the legs, and we're going to start by pulling the leg away from the body and just start slicing through the skin and then cut through to the bone and lift the chicken a little bit and twist and you will see the leg joint about right here, and you cut around the joints. So, you're not cutting through any bone. So, here we have our leg and our thigh. Now, to separate them, look for the fat line and use that as a guide and cut just a bit to the right of the fat line towards the fat. Now, we repeat on the other side. Next, to cut up the wings and that's very similar to cutting off the legs. So, first turn the bird around so the wings are towards you, and again, just take your knife and slice around the bone, but don't cut through. You twist the chicken again until you feel the joint pop out, and that's for your cuts right around the joint, and will do the same thing on the other side. Then, if you wanna cut the wing apart, you could again, go to where the joint is, turn it upside down and you're gonna cut right through the joints. Now, if you wanna have boneless breast, this is how you do it. Right there, this bone is called the keel bone along the top of the chicken, and you wanna make thin shallow cuts parallel to the bone away through and then the breast will come right off, and if you see that there's a little rib there, just cut right around it. You've got a beautiful breast, and this actually right here is the tenderloin that you can separate a few more and it's nice to cut. Do the same thing on the other side, and then you have another boneless breast and a beautiful cut up chicken.

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