How do you cut up a chicken or bone one? You can’t always count on having the butcher do it, especially when you’re cruising on a boat. 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!
Learn how to cut up a chicken — 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 Maine Extension Service. Detailed directions on cutting up a whole bird into halves, quarters or pieces with photos.
- See my video of how to bone a chicken breast.
Tools you’ll need (all available on Amazon):
- Heavy-duty knife – Victorinox 8″ Chef’s Knife
- Fillet knife: Rapala fillet knife
- Cutting board: Dexas Chop and Scoop (they make two sizes, check which fits in your storage area)
- Kitchen shears: Silver Armadillo
And here’s the YouTube video on cutting up a whole chicken: