How to Cut a Whole Chicken

how to cut a whole chicken

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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
  • 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


  • Whole chicken


  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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