Removing the Bones From A Chicken

Picture of Removing the Bones From A Chicken
How to remove all the bones from a chicken and what to do with your floppy Chicken. This is a follow up to Spinward's How to Easily Debone a Chicken. Please visit this Instructable, it has great information on safely handling raw meat products.
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Tools and Materials for Deboning Your Chicken

Picture of Tools and Materials for Deboning Your Chicken
Whole raw Chicken
Poultry or utility shears
Sharp boning knife or long paring knife
Sharp Chef knife or cleaver

Step 2: Empty the Cavity

Picture of Empty the Cavity
Remove the liver, heart, neck and gizzard from the body cavity and reserve for your chicken stock. You will be reserving all the little bits and scraps for stock. Don't be wasteful, a good Chef never throws anything away. Wash the inside of the cavity with cold running water and pat dry with paper towels. Let's get cuttin'.
With your shears cut the wing tips off at the first joint and reserve.

Step 3: Removing the Wishbone.

Picture of Removing the Wishbone.
Breast side up, pull back the neck skin, exposing the breast meat at the neck cavity opening. You can feel the wishbone through the meat at the opening. Starting at the top, with your boning knife, carefully cut behind the wishbone all the way down on both sides. Continue to trim until the wishbone becomes detached. Reserve.

Step 4: Removing the "Cage"

Picture of Removing the
Turn the chicken breast side down. Begin you cut at the center of the backbone from head to tail. Following the contures of the ribcage, continue separating the meat from the cage on both sides. Trim as close to the cage as possible and stop when you get to the wing and leg joints.

Step 5: Detach the Leg and Wing Bones

Picture of Detach the Leg and Wing Bones
Use your poultry shears to detach the leg and wing joints from the cage. Continue to separate the meat from the bone following the contours of the cage around to the breast until it begins to become free from the cage.

Step 6: The "Cage" is Out.

Picture of The
Holding the cage in one hand continue to trim around the breast until the cage comes out. Again reserve.
serjinio3 years ago
Thank you very much.
shooby6 years ago
Why would you want to debone a chicken?? The bones have a lot of flavor in them, even if you don't eat the marrow. The only reason I can think for doing this is if you want to recreate that K.F.C. rumor running a few years ago, saying that they were breeding genetically engineered chickens, with no bones or faces. This might convince people of that.
If you want to make a Turducken(a chicken stuffed inside a duck, and that stuffed inside a turkey), you need to debone the birds.:P
CivilianX (author)  littleviv6 years ago
I was at a wedding in New Orleans and they had a pig, turkey, chicken, duck and eggs. All deboned and stuffed inside each other.
I'm not sure whether they still do it, but I once heard that in ancient Greece they used to stuff a duck, chicken, turkey, and a pig, inside of a cow.
Tobita shooby5 years ago
Grills better on an open fire, I find.
NickGriffin5 years ago
I never had this demonstrated to me (self-taught cook of sorts) and the trick with the wishbone was something I never knew-I had just cut straight down (on the wrong side)the centre of the breast!

Thanks and Great, useful knowledge!''
Chickees26 years ago
Thanks, I saw someone do this years ago. Have wanted to learn how to do this. We are starting to raise chickens and I needed to learn how to do this for future chicken cooking.
This shouldn't be in tech? Just contributing.
brian2506 years ago
thanks i just hate pickin on a bone,great -stuff-
tsikoman6 years ago
you are the master!
I was kinda hoping for a living one..
shooby6 years ago
Wow. That's insane. Deboning a pig!! America is a pretty crazy place, huh.