FREE downloads with step-by-step directions for cutting up a whole chicken and boning the breast.

How to Cut Up or Bone a Chicken: FREE PDF’s

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!

UPDATE:  I recently ran across a good YouTube video on cutting up a whole chicken.  It’s a little low-res (grainy, but downloads quickly) but it’s almost exactly how I do it.  The video is embedded below the PDFs. And I posted a video of how to bone a chicken breast.

How to Cut Up or Bone a Chicken: FREE downloads with step-by-step directions for cutting up a whole chicken and boning the breast.From

Unfortunately, the poultry industry doesn’t make available any nice PDF cut charts like some of the other meat industries.  The .jpg above is the best reference I’ve been able to find, so you may just wish to print this page out.

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).

Be sure to check out my recommendations for a good knife, cutting board and kitchen shears for cutting it up, too.

And here’s the YouTube video on cutting up a whole chicken:

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  • Nancy Wargo Kahlden on Facebook
    Posted at 30 April 2013 Reply

    My chicken from the veggie boat in the West Lemmons was not frozen, but the head was attached. That was a shocker when it came out of the package. Something to know….the Kuna women will barter for the feet and head. A new mola could be in your future!

  • The Boat Galley on Facebook
    Posted at 30 April 2013 Reply

    Great tip!!

  • Behan Fravel Gifford
    Posted at 30 March 2014 Reply

    The chickens we get usually have head and feet attached. That’s pretty easy to take off (or ask the vendor to take off). What’s less easy is that they also often aren’t gutted. A really good addition for cruisers who hit parts of the world where a whole chicken really is a *whole* chicken includes a few more steps to help with more complete prep. The main issue is to avoid nicking the gall bladder, the icky green bit inside. Do that and you’ll contaminate the meat and make it terribly bitter! Ask me how I know. 😛

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