For your next backyard grilling or family feast, don't be afraid to dismantle your own bird. These 6 steps take you through the exact process of cutting up a whole chicken.
Step 1: Remove Innards
Remove gizzards and innards; set aside.
Step 2: Legs
Remove leg quarters.
Step 3: Thighs and Drumsticks
Separate thigh and drumstick.
Step 4: Wings
Step 5: Backbone
Cut carcass in half from tail to neck; cut through ribs on either side of backbone. Use a chef's knife or kitchen shears to remove backbone.
Step 6: Remove and Cut Breast
Remove the breast by cutting down through shoulder blades. Cut breast in half.
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