Over the last year, I’ve run across a couple of good PDF downloads on cutting up a whole chicken, as well as a nice diagram of the cut-up parts. I suggest downloading at least one of these, as you never know when the only chicken available will be whole!
The bottom download also includes information on boning a chicken breast, which I often used while cruising — with very limited freezer space, I always boned meat before freezing it as I wasn’t about to waste space on bones!
Here are the links — you can either click on the link to view the document (and save it from there) or right-click and “Save File As” (or whatever your browser calls it) to just download it.
- How To Cut Up a Chicken from the University of Wisconsin Extension Service. Detailed directions on cutting up a whole bird into halves, quarters or pieces with photos (160 KB).
- See my video of how to bone a chicken breast.
And here’s the YouTube video on cutting up a whole chicken: