How to Butcher a Chicken
A brief picture guide and tutorial in how I butcher a whole chicken.
Buying a while chicken is significantly cheaper than buying just single cuts. It also ensures that you purchase the best welfare chicken that you can source.
The other reward from a whole chicken is that you can make a decent and cheap chicken stock from the carcass.
1 higher welfare organic whole chicken
1) Place the bird on a firm work surface.
2) Using a sharp but flexible knife, slice along the spine, using the bone as a guide. Work the knife against the rib cage and down until you reach the leg.
3) Gently remove the breast and set aside.
4) Cut through the wing bone, following the joint and remove the wing.
5) Turn the bird over and gently pull the leg towards you as you push into the leg joint. You should hear a loud crack.
6) Now following from the front of the bird, gently
One whole chicken!
Slice along the back of the spine, following the bone
Remove the breast
Push against the leg joint to break it
Remove the second breast
Chicken butchered into pieces
Carcass for the stock pot
The Flickr photoset showing How to Butcher a Chicken appears here.