by Olena

How to Cut a Whole Chicken

by Olena

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How to Cut a Whole Chicken into pieces in 10 minutes. You will save money, have chicken pieces enough for 2 dinners and make the most delicious chicken bone broth.

And did I say it is so easy with our step by step tutorial?!

How to Cut a Whole Chicken

Cutting a whole chicken into pieces is easier than you think. I just figured it out one day just by using common sense. You can do it too!

Growing up in Ukraine my grandma always made 3 meals from a whole chicken. Money were tight and grocery stores did not sell chicken pieces. Whole chicken, often from your own chicken coop, were the way to survive.

Why cut up a whole chicken in 2019? I prefer to buy organic meat and it is not cheap in Canada. And anyways, I am always on a budget because it is a smart way to live.

My favorite way to save on organic poultry is to buy a 2 pack for $30 at Costco and cut them up. Or use whole to make Instant Pot chicken noodle soup and more broth.

Organic whole chicken costs $2.49/lb vs. chicken breasts at $5.99/lb – that’s twice the savings!

How to Cut up a Whole Chicken Step by Step Tutorial

You will need a sharp knife and a stable cutting board. Quality knife is a lifetime investment. Just like a cedar hedge on your property. 🙂

Make sure your chicken is not frozen. We can cut up only fresh or thawed chicken.

How to Cut a Whole Chicken tutorial

  • Lay chicken on its back breasts side up. Remove bag with giblets if any.
  • Trim fat and skin on both sides of the opening.
  • Remove the tail or I like to call it “butt”. Sharp kitchen shears are great for this step as well.
  • Cut each leg between the leg bone and the bone that is attached to the body. It helps to start cutting and then snap the leg. You will hear a crack, so cut the muscle between 2 joints.
  • Cut the wings the same way as legs.

How to Cut a Whole Chicken step by step tutorial

  • Pull the skin from the breasts using your hands and help it separate from meat with the knife along the way. It should come off very easily. Or leave it on.
  • Flip the chicken and trim skin the same way on the back. There will be more fat attached to the carcass under the skin. Trim it as well.
  • Flip chicken on its back again and remove the breasts. Cut each breast in the middle close to the center bone and along the ribs.
  • That’s it.

cut up whole chicken into pieces on a counter

Recipes to Use Cut Up Chicken In

Use chicken legs and wings in these recipes:

Use chicken breasts to make these recipes:

Carcass is great for making soups like:

Cutting a Whole Chicken Video

This video will show you how I cut up chicken first 30 seconds. Very quick version. 🙂 It is from this post.

I just wanted to share a general idea how you can stretch a whole chicken and use in variety of recipes.

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How to Cut a Whole Chicken

5 from 1 reviews

How to Cut a Whole Chicken into pieces in 10 minutes. By cutting a whole chicken you will save money, have chicken pieces enough for 2 dinners and make the most delicious chicken bone broth.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 breasts, 2 wings, 2 legs, carcass
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: No Cook + Cut
  • Cuisine: Ukrainian

Ingredients

  • Whole chicken

Instructions

  1. Lay chicken on its back breasts side up. Remove bag with giblets if any.
  2. Trim fat and skin on both sides of the opening.
  3. Remove the tail or I like to call it “butt”. Sharp kitchen shears are great for this too.
  4. Cut each leg between the leg bone and the bone that is attached to the body. It helps to start cutting and then snap the leg. You will hear a crack, so cut the muscle between 2 joints.
  5. Cut the wings the same way as legs.
  6. Pull the skin from the breasts using your hands and help it separate from meat with the knife along the way. It should come off very easily. Or leave it on.
  7. Flip the chicken and trim skin the same way on the back. There will be more fat attached to the carcass under the skin. Trim it as well.
  8. Flip chicken on its back again and remove the breasts. Cut each breast in the middle close to the center bone and along the ribs.
  9. That’s it.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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