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How to Carve and Debone a Chicken

How to carve boneless chicken

This is a pictorial tutorial for carving (cutting) and deboning a whole chicken. In this tutorial, I’m working with a whole poached chicken for Hainanese Chicken Rice. This method of carving the chicken will work for both cooked and raw chicken. Learning how to carve a chicken is a handy skill! Sometimes, depending on the availability at the supermarket, I may buy a whole raw chicken and cut them to the required parts to freeze in bags for cooking various dishes (e.g. chicken breast in one bag; chicken thighs in one bag, chicken wings in one bag).

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Hainanese Chicken Rice (海南鸡饭)

Although my knife skills are mediocre, I do think the end result is decent enough.  Besides a sharp knife (I always sharpen them before cutting meat), I also use a good and sturdy pair of kitchen scissors to cut certain parts of the chicken.

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How to carve boneless chicken This is the whole chicken I just cooked for Hainanese chicken rice. Place it on the chopping board.
How to carve boneless chicken Detach one of the chicken thigh as shown. If you locate the joint correctly, you should be able to cut through very easily.
How to carve boneless chicken The detached chicken thigh.
How to carve boneless chicken Repeat with the other thigh. You can see the cut is very clean and straight if the joints are located correctly.
How to carve boneless chicken Turn the thigh to the under side. Cut it very precisely down the line separating the drum stick and the thigh.
How to carve boneless chicken If you locate the line correctly, this should be a very easy and straight cut.
How to carve boneless chicken  What the cut thigh looks like (front view).
How to carve boneless chicken Remove the bone by hand from the thigh and slice the meat to bite-sized pieces (as shown). As for the drumstick, discard the main bone and slice the meat accordingly.
How to carve boneless chicken For the chicken wing, I loosen the joint by hand and use a pair of scissors to cut it off (or just pull it off gently).
How to carve boneless chicken  Repeat for the other chicken wing.
How to carve boneless chicken You can cut the chicken wings into 3 portions (drumlette, mid-joint and wing tip) if desired.
How to carve boneless chicken This is the breast portion. For bone-on, slice it in half in the middle as shown. I usually use a knife to slice through the meat and a pair of scissors to cut through the bones.For boneless, make the same middle cut down the flesh without cutting the bone. Just gently detach the two breast halves from the bone with your fingers, making sure the meat remains intact (do not break apart).
  How to carve boneless chicken Slice the chicken breast meat to bite-sized servings.
Chicken Stock Recipe Tip: You can freeze the chicken carcass and bones for making chicken stock.
 How to carve boneless chicken Serve your cut chicken according to your recipe.

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One Response to “How to Carve and Debone a Chicken”

  1. Anna — April 2, 2016 @ 3:14 am

    Wow, you make it look really easy. I am going to try this method next time i made hainam chicken for my hubby.

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