HOW TO CUT A WHOLE CHICKEN INTO PARTS

Cutting up a whole chicken is a handy technique to learn, especially if you’re making no-holds-barred recipes like hearty chicken noodle soup from scratch or homemade fried chicken. Here are the basic steps—there are more visual details if you follow along with our how-to video.

  1. With cleaver or chef’s knife, cut through skin around leg where it attaches to breast.
  2. Using both hands, pop leg joint out of its socket.
  3. Cut through flesh, skin, and cartilage to detach leg from body.
  4. Bend wing out from breast and use boning knife to cut through joint. Repeat with other wing.
  5. Using kitchen shears, cut along either side of backbone to remove it from chicken.
  6. Using chef’s knife, firmly cut down center of breastbone to split breast in half.