How to Cut Up a Whole Chicken (VIDEO)

Cutting a whole chicken is easy! Video tutorial on how to cut up a whole chicken! Save money and use the carcass for the homemade chicken stock! | natashaskitchen.com

Cutting a whole chicken is easier than you think! Watch the video tutorial for how to cut a whole chicken and learn how to debone a chicken! You will save money and have a carcass left over for the most incredible chicken bone broth! It is absolutely worthwhile to buy a chicken and cut it yourself.

All you need to cut a whole chicken in a sharp knife, and a chicken of course (and don’t worry, you don’t have to go hunting. Every grocery store (except maybe the gas station) sells whole chickens. I would not recommend shopping for chickens at a gas station. lol.

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I love to buy the double packs at Costco – they are bigger (more meat!) and the best price I have found for organic whole chickens. I buy them, slice them up, just like in the video below, then seal and store the parts in the freezer until I need them.

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How easy is that?! Did you know the fat lines in a chicken serve as a roadmap for where you should cut? You’ll be slicing up your chicken like a pro in no time! If you’re curious, this is the knife set that we use and love (Amazon affiliate link).

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How to Cut a Whole Chicken:

Here is a quick visual reference on how to debone a chicken.

DON’T WORRY! Our chicken was not harmed in the making of this video. She’s still running around happily and laying eggs. Our chickens are for eggs and Costco supplies our whole chickens for cooking. 😉

Cutting a whole chicken is easy! Video tutorial on how to cut up a whole chicken! Save money and use the carcass for the homemade chicken stock! | natashaskitchen.com

1 whole chicken yields 10 chicken pieces:

2 chicken breasts
2 chicken wings
2 drum sticks
2 thighs
1 back bone and 1 breast bone (used for homemade bone broth)

Cutting a whole chicken is easy! Video tutorial on how to cut up a whole chicken! Save money and use the carcass for the homemade chicken stock! | natashaskitchen.com

Print-Friendly Tutorial for How to Debone a Chicken:

How to Cut Up a Whole Chicken (VIDEO)

4.75 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Cutting a whole chicken is easy! Video tutorial on how to cut up a whole chicken! Save money and use the carcass for the homemade chicken stock! | natashaskitchen.com
Cutting a whole chicken is easier than you think! Learn how to cut a whole chicken and debone a chicken! You will save money and have a carcass left over for the most incredible chicken bone broth!
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $5-$12
Servings: 10 pieces from a whole chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 sharp knife

Instructions

  1. Pat dry chicken with paper towel. Place chicken breast-side-up and first remove the whole legs (drumsticks with thighs attached). Make a slit just behind the drumstick separating the drumstick and the breast, just cutting through the skin to expose the meat underneath. Pull leg away from the chicken and pop hip bone out of it's socket just below the breast. Cut with a knife just past the joint, getting as much meat as possible including small meaty "oyster" section next to the tail.
  2. To separate drum from thigh, cut along the fat line and you should cut right between the joints - if you feel resistance, shift your knife around until it slides through fairly easily.
  3. Place breast side up with wings away from you. To remove the wings: feel for the joint then cut through the skin and through the joint (not the bone) - shift knife around slightly if you get resistance until it goes through easily. Pull wing up away from chicken for greater control while cutting.
  4. To remove the chicken breast: Turn chicken on it's side and cut along fat line on the side of chicken carcass with kitchen shears, snipping right through the ribcage. To debone chicken breast, cut through center of the skin over the chicken breast - locate the breastbone and cut the chicken away from the bone with long strokes (not a sawing motion) and cut all the way down which should completely debone the chicken breast.

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  • Rosemary
    June 11, 2018

    Loved your easy instructions and your enthusiasm! You’re a blast in the kitchen! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 11, 2018

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review, Rosemary! Reply

  • Audrey Chan
    February 2, 2018

    Thanks for showing how to cut whole chicken up. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 2, 2018

      My pleasure Audrey! I’m glad you find the tutorial helpful! Reply

  • Snizhana Svirid
    January 25, 2018

    Hi Natasha! So thankful for your videos. Was feeling so beat up giving in to the lies of me not being an adequate cooking wife. But God is faithful, and your videos are faithful too! Lol I’m so serious. 🙌Followed it to a T, paused after I cut every part of chicken and whallaaa. Loved it, super easy, thank you! 🙂 Do you think you can make a teaching video on how to cook each part of the chicken? Not like full out recipes with each (although you do have them) but on how for example, this morning I was about to marinade all the parts of the chicken and then just pop them in the oven. But there’s a difference in baking times and tenderness with each part of the chicken it seems. Just an idea bc I was so lost searching online the difference to baking thighs or breasts and why I couldn’t just put it all in the oven 😩lol there’s not much resources out there, there are but not easy ones like yours. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 25, 2018

      Hi Snizhana, if you wanted to bake all of the chicken parts together, it is do-able and the bake time will be consistent for all of the parts as long as you leave the bone on under the chicken breast. Also, leave the skin on all parts if you are roasting everything together. I usually use the chicken breast in recipes so I debone it completely but I do roast the thighs, drums and wings together. For example, if you used the marinated chicken drum-sticks, you could use that same recipe for all of the chicken pieces that are bone-in and skin-on. Reply

      • Snizhana Svirid
        January 25, 2018

        Thank you so much! Very helpful tip I will remember! Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          January 25, 2018

          You’re welcome! 🙂 Reply

  • Darla
    January 23, 2018

    You didn’t cut out the “pulley bone”
    That was always the most fun to eat when I was a kid but don’t know how to get it. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 23, 2018

      Hi Darla, we never gave it much attention, just cut around it 🙂 Reply

      • Darla
        January 23, 2018

        I would cut around it if I knew where it is! Can you tell or show me please? Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          January 24, 2018

          Hi Darla, it is at the top of the chicken breasts near the neck of the chicken. It’s easiest to see it in video. Just searching youtube, I came across this video which may help 🙂 Reply

  • Jackie
    January 20, 2018

    Thank you Natasha! I hadn’t ever done this and tonight is the second time now I’ve done it. I play the video and pause it after each step. (And disinfect mt IPad after😊) Hopefully after a few more times I’ll have it memorized and won’t need the video anymore. Your video is much simpler and more concise than other videos I’ve tried to follow. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 20, 2018

      You’re welcome Jackie! I’m glad you find the video so helpful, thanks for sharing! Reply

  • katerina bilogubets
    January 15, 2018

    which brand of knives do you recommend to cook like a chef? Reply

  • Elena
    January 14, 2018

    I’m just wondering, did you actually cut your own chicken. I know probabobly not but just wondering. And thanks for sharing , very helpful tutorial. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 15, 2018

      Oh ofcourse not :). Our chickens are only used for eggs and pets. Our chicken was not harmed in the making of this video. We purchase organic whole chickens at Costco for cooking 🙂 Reply

  • cindy
    January 13, 2018

    Thanks for the refresher course. I’d forgotten that was an option and so easy to do. My mom showed me many years ago and I’ve gotten lazy in my old years. LOL I give lots of thumbs up for all your recipes and helpful hints. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 13, 2018

      You’re welcome! I’m happy you found the tutorial helpful! Reply

  • DeAnna Anderson
    January 13, 2018

    Thank you for this video. I knew how to cut up a chicken, but I did not realize how easy it was to de-bone the breast and thighs. You can add the wing tips to the back bone when making broth, also. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 13, 2018

      You’re welcome DeAnna! I’m glad you found the video so helpful. Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • 2pots2cook
    January 13, 2018

    It is just like my grandmother did. And, yes, she made wonderful healing soup of what was left while the chicken was baking for Sunday lunch. Thank you so much for reminding me of her ways ! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 13, 2018

      You’re welcome! I’m happy to hear it brings back fond memories! Reply

  • Svetlana Khochay
    January 12, 2018

    Love this I never knew how and so never did! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 12, 2018

      It’s a worthwhile venture, especially so you can make bone broth with what’s left. Every part of the chicken goes to good use 🙂 Reply

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