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How-to Cut Up a Chicken

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If you are a chicken lover, it is sure to be on your menu every week. Learn the art of cutting chicken the perfect way. Once you know how to do it, then you can experiment with all those delicious recipes you have been collecting for some time now.
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1. Place the chicken breast side up and remove the legs, cutting between the thigh and body. Bend the thigh back and twist to break the hip joint and cut through the joint.

2. To separate the drumstick from the thigh, place the skin side down and cut through the joint.

3. To remove the wing pull away from the body and cut between the joint and breast. Then remove the wing tips, these can be frozen and used in a chicken stock.

4. Using kitchen shears cut the rib cage along one side from the tail end to the neck and then repeat on the other side and remove the backbone in one piece.

5. With the skin side down press the knife on the breast to remove and then trim away any fat.

Recipe Summary

Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
60 Minutes
Ready In: 
90 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 806 Calories from Fat 510

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 56 g86.9%

Saturated Fat 16.2 g80.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 281.2 mg93.7%

Sodium 262.5 mg10.9%

Total Carbohydrates 0 g

Dietary Fiber 0 g

Sugars 0 g

Protein 70 g139.5%

Vitamin A 10.5% Vitamin C 10%

Calcium 4.1% Iron 18.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


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