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Chicken, How to Cut up a Whole

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If you’re on a budget, buying whole chickens is an easy way to save money.

Here are steps on how to cut them up:

  1. Place chicken, breast up, on cutting board.  Remove each wing from body by cutting into wing joint with sharp knife, rolling knife to let the blade follow through at the curve of the joint.

  2. Cut off each leg by cutting skin between the thigh and body; continue cutting through the meat between the tail and hip joint, cutting as closely as possible to the backbone.  Bend leg back until hip joint pops out.

  3. Continue cutting around bone and pulling leg from body until meat is separated from bone as shown.  Cut through remaining skin.

  4. Separate thigh and drumstick by cutting about 1/8 inch from the fat line toward the drumstick.  (A thin white fat line runs crosswise between drumstick and thigh.)

  5. Separate back from breast by holding body, neck end down, and cutting downward along each side of backbone through the rib joints.

  6. Bend breast halves back to pop out the keel bone.  Remove keel bone, following directions in Step 3 above.  They using poultry scissors or chef's knife, cut breast in half through wishbone.
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joanijl said: Posted: 6/17/2012 6:21 AM
I have to agree with previous comment...a picture is worth a thousand words.
 
Munzke11 said: Posted: 1/27/2012 4:24 PM
Pictures of the steps would have been helpful. This really didn't help me much at all.
 
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