How To Cut Up A Chicken With The Homesteading Hippy

January 15, 2016

Heather, of The Homesteading Hippy, is sharing her advice on how to cut up a chicken. When you cut up your own chicken, you can save quite a bit of money. Follow Heather on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+,  and Instagram to keep up with her daily happenings around her homestead!

Buying a whole chicken runs about $1.27/lb. average (in my area) and is much cheaper than buying the parts separately. Breasts are on the average $2.99/lb. and legs/thighs go for $2.19/lb. Don’t get me started on wings! Crazy crazy on those prices!

How to cut up a chicken

We also raise our own meat chickens, and they come back from the processor whole. Don’t get me wrong, we like eating whole roasted chicken once in a while, but there are times when I just want hot wings, or to use the breasts for a recipe. So, I cut a lot of them up to use in that manner. Today, I am going to show you how to fabricate a whole chicken for yourself!

whole chicken

Begin by placing the whole chicken, breast side up. You want an extremely SHARP knife to work with, to minimize slippage and possible injury.
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Start your cutting down the “fat line” of the inner thigh and leg piece together. Then, you will “pop” the thigh joint to get it to lay flat.
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Repeat on the other side. Keep the legs and thighs attached for now, to stabilize the bird. Then, carefully, slicedown the breastbone to remove the breast.
Carefully, cut around the entire breast along the “fat lines” and remove. Repeat on the other side.
Next, you will remove the wings along the joint. This may require you to turn the bird slightly to get under the joint.
Go back to the leg and thigh quarter, and follow the “fat lines” to remove. Repeat on other side.
To have the legs and thighs separate, simply place the knife in the joint area and “pop” it down to cut through. This is another reason to have a really sharp knife.
Continue here…… for more photos and instructions on how to finish cutting up your chicken.

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