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whole chicken cut up

How to Cut Up a Whole Chicken

Cutting up a whole chicken is not as daunting as it sounds! Once you get it down, it will take you less than 5 minutes. 
Course Meats
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 Units


  • 1 Chicken


  • Start by removing legs, find a space that connects thigh with breast, cut the skin to see the bone on the inside. Bend the thigh to pop the bone, until you see the joint, then proceed to cut the joint using a knife.
    whole chicken getting cut up
  • To separate the drumsticks from the thighs, find the fat line, and cut along using a sharp knife.
    Chicken drumstick getting cut
  • As for the wings, using your finger, get a feeling to where the joint is and cut through to separate it.
    whole chicken getting cut
  • To separate the back bone from breast, turn the chicken to its side to fine a fat line and cut through it using scissors.
    whole chicken getting cut
  • To separate the breast, make a small cut in between the breast, turn the breast over and applying hand pressure, break the bone. Now, it should be easy to cut the breast into two pieces.
    chicken getting cut
  • This should be the result of your easy work :)
    whole chicken cut up