Kitchen Confidence

How to Break Down a Chicken

By • July 11, 2012 • 12 Comments

Inspired by conversations on the FOOD52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. Today, something every home cook should know: how to break down a whole chicken. 

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Here's something every home cook should know: how to break down a whole chicken. It certainly can be an intimidating task but once you get the hang of it, you'll wonder what you were ever hesitant about.  

Lucky for us, our developer, and recent culinary school grad, Amanda Li is showing us how to master the task. Why pay extra for pre-cut chickens when you can do it yourself? 

Do you have any tips or tricks for breaking down a chicken? 

 

Today's video was shot by Alex Lisowski, and edited by Kyle Orosz. 

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over 1 year ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I just used what I learned from this video to break down a turkey, including boning the breast for the Tuscan Turkey Roulade. This, plus a razor sharp vintage packing company boning knife and a fair bit of patience, made the effort not just successful, but quite satisfying, too! Thank you!! ;o)

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about 2 years ago BurgeoningBaker

I like how she says gently but looks very NOT gentle.

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about 2 years ago DiggingDogFarm

Honestly, the video could be better.
Here's some much better instruction.....
How to Cut Up a Whole Chicken

http://www.youtube.com...

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10 months ago Pam

Thank you for sharing the video. It is indeed provides very clear instructions.

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about 2 years ago clevercajun

Love the video! I especially like the extra tips and tricks like taking out the wishbone etc.

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about 2 years ago clevercajun

Love the video! I especially like the extra tips and tricks like taking out the wishbone etc.

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about 2 years ago Sugartoast

Awesome, thanks!

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about 2 years ago mcs3000

I mangle chickens. This video is a savior. Thank you!

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about 2 years ago Gmarkb

I find its easier just to cut the backbone out of the chicken first. You do risk losing the "oyster" but my method seems a heck of a lot less complicated than the method demonstrated on this video.

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about 2 years ago Amanda Li

Amanda is a developer at Food52.

Definitely you could do that. This method is a riff on the method that they teach at the French Culinary, with a few edits (aka blunders) on my end

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about 2 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

You make it look easy! But - I will try. Could you do a deboning a whole chicken video too?
Oh and a whole rabbit video! Right now I just cut the poor dear up with kitchen shears - fairly inelegant.

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about 2 years ago georgia.meckes

This is my reflection on tackeling the chickens we are raising...http://farmtastictimes...