How to Cut Up a Whole Chicken in Less Than 10 Minutes

Looking to learn how to cut up a whole chicken quickly and easily? Look no further! This blog post will show you how to do it in less than 10 minutes.

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If you’re tired of paying for chicken that’s already cut up, it’s time to learn how to do it yourself. It’s really not as difficult as it may seem, and you’ll end up with meat that’s more flavorful and less expensive.

First, start by rinsing the chicken inside and out with cold water. Place it breast side down on a cutting board and using a sharp knife remove the wings by cutting through the joints. Next, cut off the legs by slicing through the skin between the leg and body. Finally, use a knife or your hands to remove the breasts from the chicken by cutting through the breastbone.

Once you’ve removed all of the meat from the chicken, you can then proceed to cut it into whatever pieces you desire. For boneless, skinless breasts, simply slice them crosswise into thin strips. For bone-in breasts or thighs, cut them into individual pieces. You can also cut up the dark meat into smaller pieces if you prefer.

And there you have it! In just a few minutes time, you’ve went from a whole chicken to ready-to-cook pieces that can be used in any number of recipes.

Step-by-step instructions

No matter how you plan to cook your chicken, cutting it up into pieces is a necessary first step. While this may seem like a daunting task, it’s actually quite easy to do — and we’ll show you how. With a few simple cuts, you can have your chicken ready to cook in no time flat.

First, remove the chicken from its packaging and rinse it off under cold water. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel.

Next, place the chicken on a cutting board breast side up. Using a sharp knife make a cut along one side of the chicken’s breastbone. Continue cutting until you have removed the entire breast from the chicken. Repeat on the other side.

Now, turn the chicken over so that it is breast side down on the cutting board Using your knife, make a cut along each side of the chicken’s backbone. Remove the backbone and discard it (or save it for making stock).

Finally, cut each breast half into two or three smaller pieces — depending on how big you want your final pieces of chicken to be. You can also cut the thighs and drumsticks into smaller pieces if desired. And that’s it! Your chicken is now ready to be cooked however you like.


With these simple steps, you can have your whole chicken cut up in less than 10 minutes. Just be sure to have a sharp knife and a cutting board handy. With a little practice, you’ll be a pro in no time!