How to debone a chicken

It looks like an impossible task but it doesn’t require muscle or stress. We’ll explain step by step how to master this technique and by the end of this “class”, and with a few practice runs, you’ll be able to do it yourself and wow your friends!

chicken parts

Why debone or break down a chicken yourself?

Money saving

Whole chickens are much cheaper, usually the price is to compare with the price of 2 attractively packaged chicken breasts. There are hundreds of recipes with chicken and we’ll share a variety of them but keep in mind that we only started this blog and more recipes will gradually appear.


Most people we know will only buy breasts or legs to cook with. However, It is amazing how the entire chicken can be used in a variety of dishes. The carcass and the skin to make stock and soup, the meat to fry, shred, roast or on a barbecue. 

Deboning vs breaking down

Deboning is literally removing all the bones from all the pieces of the chicken. Breaking down is turning it into the various parts and pieces with bones still attached. We are going to describe how to debone and breakdown the chicken. This technique can also be used for a whole cooked chicken.

Get your knives ready and start practicing! You might want to check our review about knife sets. On Friday we will share a recipe where you can apply this technique.

chicken parts

Step by step deboning technique

With a few practice runs, you’ll be able to do it yourself!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Meat & Poultry
Cuisine International
Servings 4 people
Calories 310 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)

Chopping board
Deboning knife


  • 1 pc chicken whole


Get ready

  • Prepare a sharp deboning knife.
  • Have a big cutting board ready.
    1 whole chicken

Remove the legs

  • Lay the chicken on its back.
  • Pull the leg a little from the body.
  • Make a cut through the skin between the leg and the body.
  • Cut to the bone and then pop the leg out of its sickle by twisting the joint before cutting all the way through the joint.

Divide the leg in two parts

  • Find the ball joint at the ‘knee’ of the leg.
  • Cut through the line of fat that is at this point and separate the drumsticks from the chicken thighs.

Debone the thighs

  • Run the knife along the bone to free it from the skin.
    debone thigh
  • Scrape the flesh from the bone and cut off at the large knuckle.

Remove the breasts

  • Cut from front to back over the sternum.
    cut chicken breast in 2
  • Slice your knife gently along the rib cage to cut the breasts off.

Separate the wings from the breast.

  • The wing tips are cut off to make stock.
  • Cut at the shoulder joints to separate the entire wing.
    seperate wings

Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 310kcalProtein: 27gFat: 22gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 101mgVitamin A: 202IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
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