One of the biggest struggles of becoming more self-sufficient is learning skills you hadn’t thought of. For example, if you are like me, you probably grew up eating a boneless, skinless chicken breast. Honestly, I didn’t know how to cut up a whole chicken until after I learned how to butcher my own chickens 14 years ago, I was already married. I was well into adulthood. I wished I had learned younger, but that’s life.
Today, I am going to show you how to cut up a whole chicken in the video and share with you one of my family’s new favorite recipes, Air Fried Chicken.
Living in a Boneless, Skinless Chicken World
One of the most frustrating things is looking for whole chicken recipes only to be bombarded with boneless, skinless chicken breast recipes. Even many of my favorite cookbooks, only have boneless, skinless chicken breast recipes.
However, cooking whole chickens, or at least, bone-in chicken pieces is much healthier than boneless, skinless cuts. Healthy fat and minerals are located in the skin and bones of a whole chicken.
Cut up a Whole Chicken
You are trying to achieve progress, not perfection. If you are like me, you want to do things perfectly or not at all. I am getting over that philosophy. You can too! Now I strive to achieve progress, not perfection. Not only in cutting up chickens, but in all areas of my life. You will see that in the video. LOL.
Cutting up a whole chicken takes practice. The more you practice, the faster you will cut them up. You will find the joints to make easier, cleaner cuts. I still struggle with cutting out clean, nice looking breast meat. Sometimes my breast meat looks pretty mangled. But guess what, it still tastes delicious.
Steps to Cutting up a Whole Chicken
- Remove the drumstick and thigh –
Look for the loose skin between the drumstick and the body of the chicken.
Slice the skin away to expose the meat.
Cut around leg and thigh and snap the thigh joint
- Separate the drumstick from the thigh by snapping the joint.
- Remove the back
Cut between the ribs and snap the back toward the neck.
- Remove the wings
Cut into the bird at wing joint to expose the joint and snap joint
- Remove breast meat
Find beast bone and cut as close as possible to expose the tenderloin meat.
Separate breast from the tenderloin
- Remove the tenderloin by cutting along the breast bone
- Remove any additional meat on the back.
When you watch the video, these steps will become much clearer.
Fried Chicken in the Air Fryer
Now that you have your chicken cut up, it is time to try a delicious recipe from all your hard work! The video below will show you how to make Fried Chicken in your Air Fryer. Make sure you watch the video and see my BIG MISTAKE. It is pretty funny, but the chicken still turned out delicious. If you don’t have time to watch the video, the recipe is listed below. If you don’t have an air fryer, you could make this in the oven for 50 minutes at 350 degrees, turning the chicken once during the cooking time at 25 minutes.
Air Fried Chicken
- Air Fryer
- 1 whole chicken cut into pieces
- 2 cups Panko break crumbs
- 2 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 eggs whipped with fork
- Cut whole chicken into pieces
- spray air fryer sheets with cooking spray
- crack eggs onto plate and whip gently.
- mix dry ingredients onto a separate plate
- coat chicken pieces in eggs
- Coat chicken pieces in panko crumb mixture
- place coated chicken on sprayed air fryer pan
- Use the chicken setting on the air fryer or 375 degrees for 45 minutes
- Check the internal temperature. It needs to be 165 degrees.
Yes you can cut up a chicken
As you can see, I don’t cut up a chicken perfectly. Honestly, I laughed when I watched the video. But with practice, cutting up a whole chicken becomes easier each time you do it. This task builds your self-sufficiency skills.
How about you? Do you know how to cut up a whole chicken? I hope this helpful video gives you the confidence to try it! It isn’t as hard as it looks. Remember, progress, not perfection.
Your biggest fan and homestead cheerleader,